X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Plant Science (PLSC)

Department of Plant Agriculture, Ontario Agricultural College

School of Environmental Sciences, Ontario Agricultural College

Department of Integrative Biology, College of Biological Science

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Biological Science

Major (Honours Program)

Students may enter this major in Semester 1 or any semester thereafter. A student wishing to declare the major may wish to consult the Faculty Advisor. The major requires the completion of 20.00 credits.

Semester 1
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
ENGL*1030 [0.50] Effective Writing
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
Students lacking Grade 12 or 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics should follow the revised schedule of study for this major found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS
Semester 2
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences II
One of:
CIS*1200 [0.50] Introduction to Computing
CIS*1500 [0.50] Introduction to Programming
MATH*1090 [0.50] Elements of Calculus II
0.50 Liberal Education electives
Semester 3
AGR*2470 [0.50] Introduction to Plant Agriculture
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
BOT*2100 [0.50] Life Strategies of Plants
MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
0.50 Liberal Education
Semester 4
MCB*2050 [0.50] Molecular Biology of the Cell
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
One of:
AGR*2050 [0.50] Agroecology
BIOL*2060 [0.50] Ecology
1.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 5
BOT*3410 [0.50] Plant Anatomy
2.00 electives or restricted electives
Semester 6
BOT*3310 [0.50] Plant Growth and Development
2.00 electives or restricted electives

Option A

Semester 7

One of:

AGR*4450 [1.00] Research Project I
IBIO*4500 [1.00] Research in Integrative Biology I
MCB*4500 [1.00] Research Project in Molecular & Cellular Biology I

1.50 electives or restricted electives

Semester 8
BOT*4380 [0.50] Metabolism in the Whole Life of Plants
2.00 electives or restricted electives

Option B

Semester 7

2.50 electives or restricted electives

Semester 8
AGR*4600 [1.00] Agriculture and Food Issues Problem Solving
1.50 electives or restricted electives
Restricted Electives
  1. A minimum of 1.00 credits of Liberal Education electives is required. The list of Liberal Education electives for B.Sc. students can be found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/

  2. 5.00 credits from within their area of emphasis from the lists below

    Note: Restricted electives indicated with † are non-science electives. If non-science restricted electives are chosen students are reminded that they will still be responsible for meeting the minimum requirement of 16.00 credits in science and that the credit summary may vary from what is specified below.

    Note: Restricted electives indicated with ** require other restricted electives as prerequisites. Students should consult the most recent undergraduate calendar for specific requirements.

    ‡ Students are required to take one of (AGR*4450 or IBIO*4500 or MCB4500) in semester 7 OR AGR*4600 in semester 8. For those choosing (AGR*4450 or IBIO*4500 or MCB*4500), one of the following may count towards restricted elective requirements in an area of emphasis.

    AGR*4460 [1.00] Research Project II
    or

    IBIO*4510 [1.00] Research in Integrative Biology II
    or

    MCB*4510 [1.00] Research Project in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

Option A

4.00 - First year science core

6.00 - Required science courses semesters 3 - 8

5.00 - Restricted electives for the declared area of emphasis (#2) (some restricted electives do not count as science electives towards the degree. Therefore additional science electives may be required.)

1.00 - Approved science electives, if all restricted electives chosen are approved science electives.

1.00 - Liberal Education electives

0.50 - ENGL*1030

2.50 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. Students (could be less if restricted electives do not count as science)

Of the total credits required, students are required to complete a minimum of 16.00 credits in science, of which 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Option B

4.00 - First year science core

5.00 - Required science courses semesters 3 - 8

1.00 – AGR*4600

5.00 - Restricted electives for the declared area of emphasis (#2) (some restricted electives do not count as science electives towards the degree therefore additional science electives may be required)

2.00 - Approved science electives, if all restricted electives chosen are approved science electives (can be reduced to 1.00 of approved science electives if AGR*4600 is approved as science by faculty advisor and all restricted electives chosen are approved science electives)

1.00 - Liberal Education electives

0.50 - ENGL*1030

1.50 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. Students (could be less if restricted electives do not count as science)

Of the total credits required, students are required to complete a minimum of 16.00 credits in science, of which 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Area of Emphasis
Applied Plant Science (APSC)
CROP*4240 [0.50] Weed Science
ENVS*2060 [0.50] Soil Science
ENVS*3210 [0.50] Plant Pathology
ENVS*4100 [0.50] Integrated Management of Invasive Insect Pests **
‡ 3.00 credits from:
AGR*3450 [0.50] Research Methods in Agricultural Science
BOT*3710 [0.50] Plant Diversity and Evolution
CROP*3300 [0.50] Grain Crops
CROP*3310 [0.50] Protein and Oilseed Crops
CROP*3340 [0.50] Managed Grasslands
CROP*4220 [0.50] Cropping Systems **
ENVS*2040 [0.50] Plant Health and the Environment
ENVS*3020 [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
ENVS*3080 [0.50] Soil and Water Conservation **
ENVS*3140 [0.50] Management of Turfgrass Diseases **
ENVS*3310 [0.50] Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function **
ENVS*4090 [0.50] Soil Management ϯ
HORT*2450 [0.50] Introduction to Turfgrass Science
HORT*3010 [0.50] Annual, Perennial and Indoor Plants - Identification and Use ϯ
HORT*3050 [0.50] Management of Turfgrass Insect Pests and Weeds **
HORT*3150 [0.50] Principles and Applications of Plant Propagation ϯ
HORT*3270 [0.50] Medicinal Plants
HORT*3280 [0.50] Greenhouse Production
HORT*3310 [0.50] Plants, Food and Health
HORT*3430 [0.50] Wine-Grape Culture ϯ
HORT*3510 [0.50] Vegetable Production
HORT*4200 [0.50] Plants, the Environment and Society
HORT*4300 [0.50] Postharvest Physiology
HORT*4420 [0.50] Fruit Crops
HORT*4450 [0.50] Advanced Turfgrass Science
LARC*2240 [0.50] Plants in the Landscape ϯ
MBG*2400 [0.50] Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics
MBG*3100 [0.50] Plant Genetics
MBG*4160 [0.50] Plant Breeding
OAGR*2070 [1.00] Introduction to Organic Agriculture ϯ
OAGR*4050 [1.00] Design of Organic Production Systems ϯ **
PBIO*3110 [0.50] Crop Physiology
PBIO*3750 [0.50] Plant Tissue Culture
PBIO*4750 [0.50] Genetic Engineering of Plants
STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
STAT*3210 [0.50] Experimental Design
Botany (BOT)
BOT*3050 [0.50] Plant Functional Ecology
MBG*3100 [0.50] Plant Genetics
PBIO*4000 [0.50] Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant-Microbe Interactions
PBIO*4150 [0.50] Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant Development
‡ 3.00 credits from:
AGR*3450 [0.50] Research Methods in Agricultural Science
BOT*3710 [0.50] Plant Diversity and Evolution
MBG*4300 [0.50] Plant Molecular Genetics
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
MICR*3090 [0.50] Mycology
MICR*3220 [0.50] Plant Microbiology
PBIO*3110 [0.50] Crop Physiology
PBIO*3750 [0.50] Plant Tissue Culture
PBIO*4750 [0.50] Genetic Engineering of Plants
STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
STAT*3210 [0.50] Experimental Design **
Plant Biotechnology (PBTC)
MBG*3100 [0.50] Plant Genetics
MBG*3350 [0.75] Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology
PBIO*3750 [0.50] Plant Tissue Culture
PBIO*4750 [0.50] Genetic Engineering of Plants
‡ minimum of 2.75 credits from:
AGR*3450 [0.50] Research Methods in Agricultural Science
BOT*3710 [0.50] Plant Diversity and Evolution
BIOL*3300 [0.50] Applied Bioinformatics
MBG*2400 [0.50] Fundamentals of Plant and Animal Genetics
MBG*3660 [0.50] Genomics
MBG*4160 [0.50] Plant Breeding
MBG*4300 [0.50] Plant Molecular Genetics
MCB*4010 [0.50] Advanced Cell Biology
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
MICR*3220 [0.50] Plant Microbiology
MICR*3230 [0.50] Immunology
MICR*3330 [0.50] World of Viruses
PBIO*3110 [0.50] Crop Physiology
PBIO*4150 [0.50] Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant Development
STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
STAT*3210 [0.50] Experimental Design **
Plant Environmental Science (PESC)
BOT*3050 [0.50] Plant Functional Ecology
ENVS*2040 [0.50] Plant Health and the Environment
ENVS*4350 [0.50] Forest Ecology
GEOG*2480 [0.50] Mapping and GIS
‡ 3.00 credits from:
AGR*3450 [0.50] Research Methods in Agricultural Science
BIOL*3010 [0.50] Laboratory and Field Work in Ecology
BIOL*3060 [0.50] Populations, Communities & Ecosystems
BIOL*3130 [0.50] Conservation Biology
BIOL*4500 [0.50] Natural Resource Policy Analysis
BOT*3710 [0.50] Plant Diversity and Evolution
ENVS*2060 [0.50] Soil Science
ENVS*2120 [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Stewardship **ϯ
ENVS*2330 [0.50] Current Issues in Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity
ENVS*3000 [0.50] Nature Interpretation
ENVS*3020 [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
ENVS*3040 [0.50] Natural Chemicals in the Environment
ENVS*3090 [0.50] Insect Diversity and Biology
ENVS*3210 [0.50] Plant Pathology
ENVS*3250 [0.50] Forest Health and Disease
ENVS*4100 [0.50] Integrated Management of Invasive Insect Pests **
GEOG*2210 [0.50] Environment and Resources ϯ
GEOG*3210 [0.50] Management of the Biophysical Environment **ϯ
GEOG*4210 [0.50] Environmental Governance **ϯ
GEOG*4220 [0.50] Local Environmental Management ϯ
HORT*3310 [0.50] Plants, Food and Health
LARC*3320 [0.50] Principles of Landscape Ecology **ϯ
PBIO*4530 [0.50] Plants and Environmental Pollution ϯ
PHIL*2070 [0.50] Philosophy of the Environment ϯ
POLS*3370 [0.50] Environmental Politics and Governance ϯ
STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
STAT*3210 [0.50] Experimental Design **
Unspecialized (UNSP)

Choose 5.00 credits from any courses listed in the other areas of emphasis.

Minor (Honours Program)

A minor in Plant Science requires a minimum of 5.00 credits in the Plant Science Program chosen in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. The courses include:

AGR*2470 [0.50] Introduction to Plant Agriculture
BOT*2100 [0.50] Life Strategies of Plants
BOT*3310 [0.50] Plant Growth and Development
BOT*3410 [0.50] Plant Anatomy
BOT*3710 [0.50] Plant Diversity and Evolution
BOT*4380 [0.50] Metabolism in the Whole Life of Plants

2.00 credits from any courses listed in the areas of emphasis.

Restricted electives indicated with ϯ are non-science electives. Restricted electives indicated with ** require other restricted electives as prerequisites.

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