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Schedules forPlant Science
Stream 1: Botany and Biology
Stream 2: Ecology and Environment Management
Stream 3: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Stream 4: Forest Ecology
Stream 5: Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology

2013 Plant Science - KPA

Plants are such an essential part of our lives that we often take for granted how gardens, parks, and wilderness areas enhance our lives, and that plants supply us with most of the food we eat; fibre for clothing; wood for furniture, shelter and fuel; paper for books; spices for flavour; drugs for medicines; even the oxygen we breathe. Because of its proximity to natural vegetation and wilderness areas and unique biota, the School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania is an ideal place to study the biodiversity of plants and gain an insight into the processes of life.

Career outcomes

A major in Plant Science will equip graduates for careers in the management of the natural environment and wilderness areas (Environment Australia, Greening Australia, National Parks and Wildlife, Herbarium, Botanical Gardens); the sustainable management of forest and marine resources (Forestry, Marine and Freshwater Industries, including aquaculture); agriculture (Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment); research (universities, CSIRO, industry); teaching (universities and schools) and biotechnology.

Professional associations

Australian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany
Ecological Society of Australia;
Australian Systematic Botany Society;
Australian Society of Plant Scientists.
Society for Growing Australian Plants;
Southern Connection;
Genetic Society of Australia;

Theme areas

Most units taught by the School of Plant Science fall within the University theme areas. The Plant Science major in the BSc, as well as the Forest Ecology and the Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology 4-year BSc specimen courses all fit into the Environment and Sustainable Primary Production theme areas.

Stream 1: Botany and Biology

Students wishing to obtain a broad education in biology are advised to follow this stream which combines courses from Plant Science, Zoology, and other science units. Students interested in this stream should enroll in the following Plant Science units: KPA161- Biology of Plants and KPZ164- Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

Stream 2: Ecology and Environmental Management

Students interested in ecology and environmental management are advised to follow this stream. The suggested Plant Science units, in combination with courses from Zoology, Geography and other science units will prepare students for a career in the study or management of the natural environment and wilderness areas. Students interested in this stream should enroll in the following Plant Science units: KPA161- Biology of Plants and KPZ164- Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

Stream 3: Genetics and Molecular Biology

Students wishing to specialise in the cutting-edge field of genetics, cell biology and molecular biology are advised to follow this stream. It combines courses from Plant Science, Biochemistry, and other Science Units to prepare students for a career in biotechnology, research, and teaching. Students interested in this stream should enroll in the following Plant Science units: KPA161- Biology of Plants and KPZ164- Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

Stream 4: Forest Ecology

Students interested in forest ecology are advised to do the 4-year Bachelor of Science with Honours course. It combines units across many different Schools to prepare students for a career in managing native forest and forestry resources in a sustainable fashion (see Bachelor of Science S3GSchedule C1 Forest Ecology for course structure and schedule of units). Students interested in this stream should enroll in the following Plant Science units: KPA161- Biology of Plants and KPZ164- Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution.

Stream 5: Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology

Students interested in pursuing a career in marine, freshwater and antarctic biology are advised to take this 4-year Bachelor of Science with Honours course (see course structure and schedule of units is detailed in the Bachelor of Science S3GSchedule C 2). Students interested in this stream should enroll in the following Plant Science units: KPA161- Biology of Plants and KPZ164- Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution.

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