Bachelor of
Science:

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective – an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
CHEM1100 Chemistry 11 Recommended
Year 1 - Semester 2*
*Students who commence this program midyear please see footnote 2 below.
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory
BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms Prerequisite for major
CHEM1200 Chemistry 21 Recommended
Elective Elective

1. Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
2. Students who commence this program in semester 2 should enrol in BIOL1020, BIOL1040, CHEM1100 and STAT1201 to ensure that you are academically prepared for the following semester. Any mid-year commencing student who would like to vary this course selection should contact the Faculty of Science to arrange an academic advising appointment.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective

Choose a study plan

  • Ecology and Sustainability
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL2010 Ecology
    BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies ]

     
    2 BIOL2203 Plant Biology BIOL2201 Evolution
    BIOL2202 Genetics
    Summer BIOL3210 Fungal Biology

    [ SCIE3271 Introduction to Research in Agriculture & Food Science (B)
    OR
    SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology ]
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL3016 Outback Ecology
    BIOL3310 Macroecology and Biogeography
    BIOL3370 Ecology and Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions
    PLNT3012 Weed Science

    BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Data
    2

    BIOL3000 Conservation ]


    BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change
    BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification
    BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science
    [ SCIE3270 Introduction to Research in Agriculture & Food Science (A)1
    OR
    SCIE3240 Introduction to Research in Biology1 ]

    1. Offered semester 1 and 2.

  • Biotechnology and Molecular Plant Science
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinfomatics
    2

    BIOL2202 Genetics ]


    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology & Gene Technology
    BIOL2201 Evolution
    CHEM2052 Chemical Biology
    Summer SCIE3271 Introduction to Research in Agriculture & Food Science (B)
    SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ AGRC3037 Plants for Human Health
    BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics ]


    Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases
    BIOL3202 Plant Biology II
    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

    BIOL3000 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology
    BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics
    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research
    2

    BIOL3011 Plant Microbe & Insect Interactions
    BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change ]


    BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science
    BIOL3222 Model Organism Genetics
    GEOS3107 Plants, People and the Environment

    [ SCIE3270 Introduction to Research in Agriculture & Food Science (A)1
    OR SCIE3240 Introduction to Research in Biology ]

    1. Offered semester 1 and 2.

  • Plant Pathology
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinformatics
    2

    BIOL2202 Genetics ]


    BIOL2203 Plant Biology
    AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology & Gene Technology
    BIOL2201 Evolution
    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
    PLNT2011 Plant and Environmental Health
    Summer BIOL3210 Fungal Biology

    [ SCIE3271 Introduction to Research in Agriculture & Food Science (B)
    OR
    SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology ]
    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics
    BIOL3016 Outback Ecology
    BIOL3310 Macroecology & Biogeography
    BIOL3370 Ecology & Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions
    PLNT3012 Weed Science ]


    Choose at least 4 units from:

    [ BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases
    BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

    BIOL3202 Plant Biology II
    BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research
    MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
    2

    BIOL3011 Plant Microbe & Insect Interactions ]


    BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science
    BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification

    [ SCIE3270 Introduction to Research in Agriculture & Food Science (A)1
    OR SCIE3240 Introduction to Research in Biology ]

    1. Offered semester 1 and 2.

What will I study?

Plant science is one of the biggest strengths at UQ supported by cutting-edge research, three research centres and excellent links to industry. These activities are reflected in the courses offered and students can expect a well-balanced curriculum that provides the best preparation for a career in this area.

Courses cover:

  • Ecology – relationships between organisms and their environments, from rainforest to desert, and problems of conservation, human impact and rehabilitation.
  • Evolution and conservation – application of molecular genetics to evolution and conservation of plants – especially endangered species.
  • Plant pathology – the study of diseases in plants, especially those caused by fungi and disease prevention and control in crop plants.
  • Plant physiology – the control of processes in cells and whole plants, ranging from solar energy captured in photosynthesis, to the responses of plants to stresses such as drought and saline soils.
  • Plant biotechnology – genetic manipulation of plants to increase their value, from functioning as biofactories in the production of new pharmaceuticals to producing biofuels and increasing nutrition and yield.

There are three emphases within the Plant Science major: plant ecology and sustainablity; plant biotechnology and molecular plant science; and plant pathology. These areas are of particular strength as illustrated by the research of UQ plant scientists and academics. They should be regarded as a guide for students when selecting courses, but students are also encouraged to select those courses that best reflect their individual interests and ideas of future work areas.

Plant Ecology and Sustainability

Suggested courses in this stream cover a general introduction to plant biology, ecology and associated field studies; aspects of evolution and genetics; plant identification skills; conservation biology; ecophysiology; plant diseases; plant-insect interactions; rainforest and marine plants; fungi; and the use of molecular tools in ecology and evolution. Within this stream it is possible to choose courses towards field-oriented work, lab-based analyses and/or theoretical applied ecology.
 

Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Plant Science

Suggested courses cover a general introduction to plant biology; fundamentals in biochemistry, genetics, computational biology and evolution; followed by courses in plant molecular biology and biotechnology; genomics and bioinformatics; plant-microbe and Insect Interactions; plant development; and a choice of individual student research projects. Study plans within this stream can be tailored towards either basic molecular biology or applied biotechnology. Some students may also wish to include aspects of cutting-edge genomics/bioinformatics.
 

Plant Pathology

Plant pathology is a traditional strength at UQ and the suggested courses prepare students well for future work in plant protection, agricultural biotechnology or cutting-edge research. Soil biology, environmental microbiology, plant nutrition and climate change-related stresses to plants such as drought and salinity are also covered.