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Plant Science

Plant Science is an interdisciplinary major offered by the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Program structure and content

Plants are essential to the existence of humans and other animals on our planet. They are the source of many of the things we depend on - the oxygen we breathe, food we eat, fibre for clothing and shelter and chemicals for pharmaceuticals and industry. Plants are a fundamental part of all ecosystems, helping to provide clean water, healthy soils and habitat for wildlife. Studying plant sciences helps us understand how plants survive in their environment and provide these benefits for us.

Plant Science includes fundamental biology, plant biochemistry, plant physiology and development, genetics, ecology, mycology, crop production and protection, and environmental and food chemistry. In addition there are related topics such as soil science, postharvest technology, agronomy and cellular biology in associated teaching programs offered by the faculties of science and agriculture and environment, food and natural resources.

First year planning for a Plant Science major

Essential: 12 credit points of Junior BIOL are needed to enrol in appropriate Intermediate units of study.
Recommended: BIOL1006/1906/1996 and BIOL1007/1907/1997.
Students taking only Human Biology BIOL1003/1903/1993 will need to do some preparatory reading.

Contact and further information

Associate Professor Charles Warren

T +61 02 9351 2678

T +61 02 9351 4262

School Office
Level 5, Carslaw Building F07
University of Sydney NSW 2006
T +61 2 9351 4262