Bachelor of
Science:

Study Planner Information

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.

1st Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc 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 - choose a Level 1 course that interests you

View the course list for the Plant Science Major.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution Prerequisite for major
BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
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 for BSc
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

Plant Science is available as a Single Major. You are required to complete #14 (#6 at Level 2 and #8 at Level 3) from the Plant Science course list. The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program.

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
What do the different columns mean?

  • Sem - Semester
  • Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended courses – complements the major.

Choose a study plan

 

Plant Science (Single Major) - Ecology and Sustainability

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design BIOL2010 Ecology

BIOL2015 Ecology Field Studies
 
2 BIOL2203 Plant Biology   BIOL2201 Evolution

BIOL2202 Genetics

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses
1  

 

BIOL3016 Outback Ecology

BIOL3310 Macroecology and Biogeography

BIOL3360 Analysis and Communication of Data

BIOL3370 Ecology and Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions

PLNT3012 Weed Science

2 BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change

BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification

BIOL3300 Functional Ecology
BIOL3000 Conservation
Summer     BIOL3210 Fungal Biology

 

Plant Science (Single Major) - Biotechnology and Molecular Plant Science

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics
2 BIOL2203 Plant Biology BIOL2202 Genetics AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology & Gene Technology

BIOL2201 Evolution

CHEM2052 Chemical Biology

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses
1  

AGRC3037 Plants for Human Health

BIOL3202 Plant Biology II

BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

BIOL3000 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology

BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases

BIOL3209 Biodiversity Analysis, Discovery and Systematics

BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research
2 BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science   BIOL3011 Plant Microbe & Insect Interactions

BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Global Change

BIOL3222 Model Organism Genetics

GEOS3107 Plants, People and the Environment

AGRC3602 Special Topic II OR

SCIE3240 Introduction to Research in Biology

 

Plant Science (Single Major) - Plant Pathology

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:
Recommended Courses
1 BIOL2006 Biostatistics & Experimental Design BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function

SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinformatics
2 BIOL2203 Plant Biology BIOL2202 Genetics AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology & Gene Technology

BIOL2201 Evolution

MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology

PLNT2011 Plant and Environmental Health

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses
Choose at least #6 from:
Recommended Courses
1   BIOL3201 Fungi & Plant Diseases

BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
BIOL3202 Plant Biology II

BIOL3380 Laboratory Skills in Genetic Research

MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
2 BIOL3200 Advanced Topics and Applications in Plant Science BIOL3011 Plant Microbe & Insect Interactions BIOL3227 Plant Identification and Vegetation Classification
Summer     BIOL3210 Fungal Biology

 

 

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