• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Chemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Evolution and Ecology, Biology
  • Specialisation code PLNT-SPEC

Corequisite majors: Cell & Molecular Biology or Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology or Biochemistry

Plants underpin the primary productivity of agricultural, ecological and human ecosystems through their ability to produce primary biomass by photosynthesis. Understanding plant function is thus central to many important outcomes of biological science, including agricultural production, ecosystem diversity and function, human health and sustainable population strategies for the Earth.

The Plant Science specialisation is designed to give students an understanding of how plants function, scaling from the molecule to the ecosystem and how this function underpins the performance of plants in natural and agricultural ecosystems. Plant Science is a major focus of scientific research activity at ANU, spanning everything from the function, energy, interactions, genetics and modeling of plants and their environments. In this specialisation students are exposed to cutting edge disciplinary research and researchers, which builds engagement, understanding and analysis of current issues in plant biology. The specialisation will assist students seeking to pursue professional and graduate degrees in plant sciences, and will provide a solid background for students pursuing career goals in plant laboratory science, and public and environmental policy.  

Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline plant function spanning from the molecule and gene, to whole plant and ecosystem levels, and the role of evolutionary processes.

  2. Describe processes of plant biology relevant to plant growth and performance in both agricultural and natural ecological systems.

  3. Evaluate and apply a range of contemporary research techniques in plant science.

  4. Locate, analyse and critique primary plant science research literature, in written and oral formats, and research results.

  5. Communicate plant science issues and ideas in broadly accessible terms particularly as they relate to agriculture, ecology, global climate change and sustainable human populations.

Other Information

Students should choose second year courses within their majors that are prerequisites for their chosen third year electives.

*For students taking BIOL3208 or BIOL3209 as part of this specialisation, the research project must be in the field of plant Science.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this specialisation, or contact the Research School of Biology at rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from the completion of a course from the following list:

BIOL2114 - Evolution (6 units)

BIOL2115 - Comparative Physiology (6 units)

BIOL2117 - Cell Biology (6 units)

BIOL2131 - Ecology (6 units)

BIOL2151 - Genetics (6 units)

BIOL2161 - Genes: Replication and Expression (6 units)

BIOL2162 - Molecular Gene Technology (6 units)

18 units from the completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL3002 - Plants: Genes and the Environment (6 units)

BIOL3106 - Biosecurity (6 units)

BIOL3107 - Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry (6 units)

BIOL3109 - Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (6 units)

BIOL3125 - Plants and Global Climate Change (6 units)

BIOL3177 - Advances in Molecular Plant Science (6 units)

BIOL3203 - Advanced Microscopy in Biosciences (6 units)

BIOL3208 - Biology Research Project (6 units)

BIOL3209 - Biology Research Project (12 units)

BIOL3303 - Advanced Field Studies in Functional Ecology (6 units)

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