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Plant Studies - Exploratory (Pre)

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Are you interested in a career that involves studying plants, but aren't sure which of our majors best suits your personal interests? Start here and you'll have up to four semesters to initiate your required coursework, take introductory courses and explore the differences between plant-related majors.

Potential career paths in plant studies range from growing plants for food, fiber and fuel to specialty areas where plants are used for fundamental science research. Careers also include the design and construction of landscapes or sports turf areas and the business and marketing of plant products. 

Plan of Study

You'll have up to four semesters (60 credits of coursework) before selecting a degree-granting major. During this time you’ll work toward satisfying minimum initial course requirements like biology, chemistry, social sciences and communication courses required for many of the plant-science-related majors while also sampling entry-level courses in specific departments to help you find your fit.

Plant Studies - Exploratory (Pre)

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Transfer to Plant Studies - Exploratory (Pre)

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Office of Academic Programs
(765) 494-8470

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Careers in Plant Studies - Exploratory (Pre)

This major is an optional entry point for students interested in the life sciences with a focus on the plant sciences but are not sure which of the nearly 12 majors best fits their personal interests and career aspirations.

While enrolled in this pre-major, students will make progress toward their degree and gain valuable information about career options and which major might be the best fit for them.

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