Plant Science major

Plant Science

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 PLSC program may also be interested in studying Biodiversity, Environmental Biology, Honours Agriculture, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Diploma in Turfgrass Management, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

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.

To see all courses offered in the co-op program, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

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.

vanessa sitting on a rock next to a river
The University of Guelph is well known for their agriculture and plant science programs so coming here was a very easy decision... I love the variety of options that a plant science major offers, I could take classes ranging anywhere from biotechnology to crop related sciences to environmental sciences.

Vanessa Vongnhay
Plant Science
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