Why Plant Pathology?

"My favorite thing about taking Plant Pathology courses was learning how broadly plant pathogens affect every aspect of our lives." - Colin Jones, Plant Science Student

Plant diseases are everywhere, so having a functional understanding of how plant pathogens affect the environment is essential to any career that involves working with plants. Students enrolled in our courses receive a holistic perspective on biological and ecological aspects of plant disease and the role of plant diseases in plant production. Whether it's agricultural and horticultural systems or other terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, students find themselves immersed in research-based information that can be applied to controlling diseases in the environment around them.

Careers in Plant Pathology

Please contact Diane Hennan for more information.


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Where do Plant Pathologists work?

  • Colleges and universities (research, teaching, and extension)
  • Agricultural consulting companies
  • Agrichemical companies
  • Seed and plant production companies
  • Tissue culture laboratories
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • International agricultural research centers
  • Botanical gardens and arboreta
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Biological control companies
  • Private practice
  • Nurseries and garden centers
  • Public policy organizations
  • Lawn and landscape maintenance firms
  • USDA-Agricultural Research Service
  • USDA-Forest Service
  • USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
  • State departments of agriculture​
  • Environmental, agricultural, and patent law firms