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Study Botany at Otago

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Overview

Botany covers all aspects of the life of plants. It therefore includes their structure and development, physiology and biochemistry, health and disease, relationships with other organisms and the environment (ecology), as well as the traditional aspects of plant identification and classification.

The main emphasis at Otago is on the general biology, ecology and physiology of higher plants and marine algae, although other groups (conifers, ferns, mosses and fungi) are also included in the papers offered.

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Contact details

Email botany@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/botany

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Botany (BTNY) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Botany

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World

One of:
BIOL 112  Animal Biology
CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology
ECOL 111  Ecology and Conservation of Diversity
HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1
HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

One of:
CHEM 111  Chemistry: Molecular Architecture
CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
PHSI 191  Biological Physics
STAT 110  Statistical Methods
STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

18

 

18

 

 

 
18

200-level

BTNY 201  Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology

BTNY 202  Plant and Fungal Diversity

BTNY 203  Marine and Freshwater Botany

18

18

18

300-level

Any four of:
BTNY 301  Plant Ecology

BTNY 302  Plant Interactions

BTNY 303  Topics in Field Botany

PLBI 301  Applied Plant Science

PLBI 302  Plants for the Future

Note: Other papers approved by the Head of Department may be substituted for one paper at 200-level and for one paper at 300-level.

18

18

18

18

18

Plus

180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

180
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Botany

Papers
  • BTNY 490  Dissertation

  • Three of:

    Note: With approval from the Head of Department another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of BTNY 461-470.

    Prerequisites:
    At least five 300-level papers including at least four 300-level BTNY or PLBI papers.

    With approval from the Head of Department, one of the papers listed may be replaced by another 300-level paper.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Botany

Papers

Note: With approval from the Head of Department another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of BTNY 461-470.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Botany

Papers and Thesis
  • BTNY 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Four of:

    Note: With the approval of the Head of Department, another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of BTNY 461-470.

  • Thesis: BTNY 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Botany as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World 18
200-level

Two of:
BTNY 201  Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology
BTNY 202  Plant and Fungal Diversity
BTNY 203  Marine and Freshwater Botany

36

300-level

Two of:
BTNY 301  Plant Ecology
BTNY 302  Plant Interactions
BTNY 303  Topics in Field Botany
or
One of BTNY 301, BTNY 302, BTNY 303;
one of PLBI 301, PLBI 302

36

Total   90

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