Plant Biology

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Plant Biologists ask questions such as: How do exceptionally cold winters impact forests? Which culture first discovered the medicinal properties of willow bark? Why do poppies produce morphine?

Plant Biology is a challenging, dynamic, and investigative branch of biology. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class, during tutorials, and in the laboratory. This degree will provide you with an essential foundation in the physiology, anatomy, morphology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and development of plants.

Career opportunities

​Plant Biologists have global opportunities to work in areas such as plant biotechnology, agriculture, forestry, the pharmaceutical industry, and more. A degree in Botany can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

General Chemistry (Change and Equilibrium), Introductory Calculus, Linear Methods I, Systematics and Diversity of Plants, ​Energy Flow in Biological Systems

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

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Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

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Practical research opportunities - Gain hands-on experience learning techniques and using tools to address real-world issues.

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Lab work - Learn how to use tools and develop techniques within a supervised laboratory setting.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

​I learned about the plant biology program soon after starting my studies at UCalgary. The professor who introduced me to the program was an excellent instructor, and truly passionate about this major. This inspired me to major in plant biology, and I haven’t looked back. Working towards my degree has been fun and interesting, and it’s taught by people who want me to succeed. There’s a laid back atmosphere among students and professors, and I’ve found the experience rewarding.

​Lisa C., plant biology student

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Join our community in fall 2019

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Science
Biological Sciences, Room 570
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4