Plant Biology

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Why choose Plant Biology?


Plant Biologists ask questions such as: How do harsh environmental conditions affect gene expression in crop plants? How and why do plants make important medicinal compounds? How have plants evolved to adapt to specific geographical regions?

Plant Biology is a challenging, dynamic, and broad 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 field or laboratory. As a Plant Biology major, you will have the opportunity to participate in a two-term independent research project in a plant biology laboratory supervised by faculty member where you will gain hands-on research experience.

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 Plant Biology can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Program highlights

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

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

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

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


Courses in this program

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


​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


Admission requirements
I am currently a(n):
Select any filter and click on Apply to see results

Use the Undergraduate Student Cost Estimator to calculate your expenses as a first-year student.

Learn about the student experience

See the best of UCalgary

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.

Learn about the student experience

More ways to get in touch

Ready to find out what campus is really like? Book a tour, join us at an event, or sign up for more information.


Attend an event on campus

Check our calendar to find out when we'll be in your area, or register for one of our upcoming online events.

Check events

See the campus

Guided by a current student, you'll explore our classrooms, residences, athletic facilities, and more.

Book a tour

Sign up for more information

Sign up for more information about UCalgary, receive important details and reminders, and find out when UCalgary is visiting your area.

Get more information

Contact us and get help

Need assistance? Learn how to get a hold of us and find answers to your questions.

Contact and help


Ready to take the next step? Learn how to start your application.

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate Science Centre (USC)
Science B 149
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

403.220.8600