The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) consists of approximately 60 faculty members, 60 research and classified staff members, 50 graduate students, 50 undergraduate majors in botany, and 28 emeritus faculty. The faculty represents a broad spectrum of research and teaching interests and includes several scientists from such federal agencies as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service.

With the exception of the Federal labs and Branch Station locations, the department is housed at the north end of campus in Cordley Hall. For two years, beginning July 2020, we will temporarily be located in the Research Way Laboratory Building (RWLB) off-campus, with shuttle service available to and from campus.

The Cordley departmental offices, mailroom, seminar, and coffee room, are all located on the western side of the building. The department office is open from 7:45 a.m.- 12:00 and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The BPP staff can answer questions that you might have, or help you find the answers. The RWLB departmental office is located at the front doors of the building.

When You Arrive

Contact the Office Manager and your major professor to let them know that you are here. The office will have any paperwork that is necessary. A mailbox will be assigned to you. We will provide a desk for all graduate students. You will need to work with the personnel specialist to fill out employment paperwork.

For keys, see the Departmental and University Services page for information on obtaining keys.


The general catalog and schedule of classes are online. Students usually register for the fall quarter during the week preceding the first day of classes unless they were enrolled and preregistered the previous Spring (students can preregister for winter and spring quarters as shown in the Schedule of Classes). Students should register for classes online. New students should contact their major professor(s) to help plan their class schedules.

The Memorial Union (MU) and OSU Beaver Store

The Memorial Union (MU) is located on SW 26th St and SW Washington Way. The MU has conference rooms, study rooms, lounges, several eating places, a ride board, a for sale/for-rent/roommate-wanted board, a bowling alley, pool room, convenience store, printing and mailing xpress stop, etc.

The OSU Beaver Store is located on the OSU campus, across from Reser Stadium at the intersection of SW 26th Street & SW Washington Way. Parking is available in the OSU Parking Garage (entrance behind the OSU Beaver Store). This is the place for collegiate clothing, textbooks, supplies, computers, printers, software.

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