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Plant Science major

Plant Science

Admission Requirements

Understanding the Roots of Plant Science

 Learn About Plant Economies

The Plant Science major helps you understand the importance of plant structure, physiology and functioning to enhance agriculture, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and more.

 Engage in Interdisciplinary Studies

Take in-depth courses in anatomy, genetics, physiology and systematics, from which you can expand into the areas of applied plant science, botany, plant biotechnology and/or plant environmental science based on your interests and goals.

 Access Our Renown Arboretum

Take advantage of opportunities for hands-on experience in labs, field courses and individual research projects, and access to an active herbarium, special growth facilities and our renowned arboretum to further your experience.

Why Plant Science?

From the molecular level to whole ecosystems, the Plant Science (PLSC) program at the U of G uncovers the root of it all.

This degree empowers you to explore the intricacies of plants through the study of their diversity, growth, development, environmental interactions, and various economic uses. Additionally, you will gain knowledge of advances in molecular biology, plant ecology, systematics, physiology, botany, genetics, agriculture, ethnobotany and biotechnology.

Students in the Plant Science (PLSC) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Biodiversity, Environmental Biology, Honours Agriculture, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Diploma in Turfgrass Management, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • General Chemistry I
  • Effective Writing
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Elements of Calculus II

Semester 3
  • Introduction to Plant Agriculture
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Life Strategies of Plants
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Semester 4
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Statistics I

Semester 5
  • Plant Anatomy
  • Plant Functional Ecology
Semester 6
  • Plant Growth and Development

Semester 7
  • Research Project I
  • Research in Integrative Biology I
  • Research Project in Molecular and Cellular Biology I
  • Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Semester 8
  • Metabolism in the Whole Life of Plants

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Students enrolled in a major with co-op, will complete COOP*1100 either in the winter of first year or the fall of second year. This course prepares students for their work terms by helping them develop professional attitudes and skills expected in the workplace as well as helping to build a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills.

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