Plant Science

Student working in a greenhouse.

With society's emerging dependency on plants in the bio-economy and needs for both increased environmental management and efficient production of healthy foods, in this major you will investigate the many wonders of plants. In the Plant Science Major of the Bachelor of Science degree program, you will explore the intricacies of plant diversity, growth and development, plant-environment interactions, advances in molecular biology, and the wide variety of economic uses for plants. Study these areas alongside one of the largest concentration of plant scientists in Canada.

This major will give you hands-on experience in plant ecology, systematics, physiology, botany, genetics, agriculture, ethnobotany and biotechnology using the international expertise and advanced technologies found in the departments of Plant Agriculture, Environmental Biology, Integrative Biology and Molecular Cellular Biology. The curriculum is designed to offer a focus in areas of emphasis, or allow you to custom-design a program of studies to suit your needs.

The University of Guelph is an internationally top-ranked university with both biological science and agriculture colleges. The Plant Science program crosses college boundaries to bring the full range of plant science programming to students. Students in Plant Sciences, who graduate with a B.Sc. degree, have the freedom to merge studies in botany, ecology and agriculture in a way that best suits their interests. This program is offered and administered by the Department of Plant Agriculture, and/or the School of Environmental Sciences in conjunction with the College of Biological Science.

Unique Courses

  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Agriculture and Food Issues Problem Solving
  • Life Strategies of Plants
  • Cannabis Production
  • Greenhouse Production
  • Genetic Engineering of Plants
  • Wine-Grape Culture
  • Soil Management

Full course descriptions and a listing all courses, can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Career Opportunities

  • Agronomist
  • Crop production manager
  • Horticulturalist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Field botanist
  • Research technician
  • Greenhouse manager
  • Government regulator

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

Owen in a canoe.

"I have always had an interest in plants, and Guelph has one of the top plant agriculture programs in Canada...I like that I am able to pick an area of emphasis in my program. It allows you to direct your path to the things you are specifically interested in. For example, I am interested in the genetic technologies used in plant science, so I have an area of emphasis in plant biotechnology. "-Owen Hebb, plant science student

Read the rest of  Owen's profile here.

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Learn About the Perks

Join a dynamic industry.

Careers in plant science are unique, flexible and in high demand. OAC graduates become leaders in the agriculture and plant science sectors.

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Find your
people.

Join one of U of G's clubs, like the Horticulture Club or Botany Club, which are made up of students who share an interest in plants!

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Access funding support. 

OAC offers a range of scholarships, bursaries, awards and travel grants. In 2019, 433 student awards were given out totaling over $1.5 million!

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Questions

Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Not sure who to ask? Ask us! Our team of program experts will happily answer your questions or direct them to the people who can. Ask your questions here.