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Botany and Plant Sciences

About the GPP in Botany and Plant Sciences

The UC Riverside GPP in Botany and Plant Sciences allows you to take upper division courses at UCR to prepare for the master's degree or PhD that you want. The Botany and Plant Sciences mission is to conduct cutting-edge research in plant biology to advance fundamental scientific knowledge and solve critical issues for the state of California, and to educate and train graduate and undergraduate students to become science professionals and informed global citizens.  The department has strong programs in basic plant cell biology, responses of plants to environmental stresses, plant ecology, genetics, genomics, and evolution.  These strengths in basic research complement applied research programs that use the traditional tools of plant science and the new technologies of genomics to meet the evolving needs of California's $27 billion agricultural industry. Development of new varieties and crop management strategies help address the challenges of climate change and new pest and disease.


Receive a transcript from one of the best public university systems in the U.S., the University of California (UC)

  • Get recommendation letters from renowned professors
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from your home university and prepare for your master's degree or PhD at a top U.S. institution.
  • Immerse yourself in cultural and educational experiences in the U.S.



You will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of internationally-renowned professors from every botany and plant sciences specialty. To learn more about this distinguished faculty, see the Botany and Plant Sciences Presentation.

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3 years of study at home university

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6 weeks of intensive English preparation

One-year senior class (36 units)

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Any of the following options:
1) UCR graduate program
2) Graduate program at another university
3) One year of O.P.T. in the U.S.

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