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Photo for botany programStudy the essential relationship between human life and growing plant life.

Botany is the study of plants. Plants are essential to our human lives, providing all our food—either directly or indirectly—as well as the oxygen we breathe. They are grown and bred for their beauty, their nutrition, their medicinal properties or a variety of industrial uses.

Contact Kristen Harrison, Faculty Advisor in Botany

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college botany program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options:
Associate of Science (PDF) degree with a Biology Specialization (PDF)
Associate in Arts (PDF) degree (Option B) (PDF)

Program Planning

Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in botany and earn the Associate of Science degree with a Biology Specialization. For some colleges and universities, the Option B Associate of Arts and Sciences degree may be more suitable.

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153 OR MATH& 146
BIOL& 221

Second Year

BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Social Science
CHEM& 263
Humanities or Social Science
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • Botany 101, Physics 114 and 115, or Physics 221 and 222 are strongly recommended as elective courses.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a botany advisor.

Approved Distribution Course List
Catalog Course Descriptions

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Department of Biology at the University of Washington.

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