Botany


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About Botany

Botany is the branch of biology that involves the study of the structure, properties and biochemical processes of all forms of plant life, including algae, fungi, ferns and trees. Also included within its scope are plant classification and the study of plant diseases, as well as the interactions of plants with people and their physical environment. Positions for people with botany backgrounds are usually in educational institutions, government and environmental organizations and in industry. Drug companies, the oil and chemical industries, lumber and paper companies, seed and nursery companies, fruit growers, fermentation industries (including breweries), and biotechnology firms all hire people trained in botany. Environmental concerns, such as air, water and soil pollution, will create openings for ecologists in government and industry. The search for new drugs and medicines and useful genes for improving crop plants will continue to create a need for botanical explorers.

Program details

UBC doesn't offer an undergraduate degree in Botany. However, the Department of Botany offers programs of study jointly with the Department of Zoology, such as the Major or Honours Biology Plant Biology option.

Career options in Botany

With an undergraduate degree

With additional study

  • Agricultural chemist
  • Agrologist
  • Botanical consultant
  • Botanical field technician
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Mycologist
  • Plant breeder
  • Plant pathologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Taxonomist

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