Plant Biology

Effective September 2017, there will be no further admissions to BSc Honors or BSc Specialization in Plant Biology. Students who entered this program prior to September 2017 must complete all program requirements by April 30, 2024. Refer to the Calendar in effect at the time you were admitted or readmitted for the regulations governing the degree program requirements. The last BSc Honors or BSc Specialization in Plant Biology will be granted at Spring Convocation 2024.

Quite simply, Plant Biology is the scientific study of plants. The interests and expertise of plant biologists are quite varied, including molecular biology and biotechnology, evolution and ecology, and landscape and ecosystem biology. As plants are the foundation of nearly every ecosystem on the planet, and agricultural advancements are the basis of modern society, it is not surprising that plant biologists are often in high demand. Plant biologists may work outside as land managers, researchers, agronomists and foresters, environmental consultants, and artists. Inside, they may be museum curators, researchers, governmental officials, and teachers. 

The Plant Biology program at the University of Alberta provides a core of fundamental courses in the biology of all organisms traditionally considered plants and then, on top of this, allows considerable flexibility in course selection so that students can customize their degree according to their own interests. There are no formal streams in this program but course selections permit students to pursue Plant Biology on a variety of fronts including ecology, molecular biology and physiology, morphology, systematics and evolution.

The Plant Biology program has been captured in our newly named programs (effective 2018), please click the link below to explore options.

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Career Options

There are many routes you can take with your degree in Plant Biology. Here are a few of them with some examples:

Botanical and Zoological Gardens and Arboreta

Environmental Consulting

Further Education

Greenhouse and Garden Centres

Parks and Protected Areas