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Plant Biotechnology

Study plant systems and learn skills needed to optimize crop production for careers in crop and soil management or research.

Plant Biotechnology – B.S. in Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology Emphasis

As part of the Plant Biotechnology program at Montana State, students gain a strong foundation in the field by completing coursework through the first two years of the program in diverse subjects including chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, genetics and other allied sciences. Once the general biotechnology coursework is complete, Plant Biotechnology students then study and address the various problems facing the various issues facing plant production and plant-related agricultural systems.




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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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State of the Art Facilities
Through the Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology Department, students have access to the 60,000-square-foot Plant Growth Center, the Plant Biosciences Building, seven research centers across the state of Montana and five service labs.

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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $150 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Plant Biotechnology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Ecological Consulting
  • Landscape Management
  • Biotechnology
  • Research Scientist

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.