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Study Plant Biotechnology at Otago

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Overview

This multidisciplinary course encompasses plant physiology, plant biochemistry and plant molecular biology. It brings together the expertise of plant scientists in the Botany and Biochemistry departments and aims to produce graduates with a knowledge of the structure and function of the whole plant and the ability to apply modern molecular and biochemical techniques to the manipulation of plants of agronomic importance.  

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Contact details

Email biochemistry@otago.ac.nz
Website Biochemistry

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Plant Biotechnology (PLBI) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Plant Biotechnology

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World

At least one of:
BIOC 192  Foundations of Biochemistry
CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
ECOL 111  Ecology and Conservation of Diversity

18

18

200-level

BTNY 201  Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology

At least three 200-level BIOC, BTNY or GENE papers

18

54

300-level

PLBI 301  Applied Plant Science

PLBI 302  Plants for the Future

At least two approved 300-level BIOC, BTNY or GENE papers

18

18

36

Plus

180 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Note: Prerequisite for BIOC 192 is CHEM 191.
Prerequisites for 200-level BIOC and GENE papers include CELS 191 and may include CHEM 191 or BIOC 192.
ECOL 111 is a prerequisite for some BTNY 200-level papers.

180
Total 360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Plant Biotechnology

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Plant Biotechnology

Papers

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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Plant Biotechnology

Papers
  • PLBI 401  Special Topic

  • BTNY 461  Plant Physiology and Biotechnology

  • BTNY 465  Plant and Environment

  • Four further approved 400-level papers

  • APPS 597 Supervised Independent Study

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Master of Science (MSc) in Plant Biotechnology

Papers and Thesis
  • PLBI 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • PLBI 401  Special Topics

  • BTNY 461  Plant Physiology and Biotechnology

  • BTNY 465 Plant and Environment

  • One further approved 400-level BIOC or BTNY paper

  • Thesis: PLBI 5

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

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Minor Subject Requirements

Plant Biotechnology 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

BTNY 201  Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology

Two 200-level BIOC, BTNY or GENE papers

18

36

300-level

PLBI 301  Applied Plant Science or PLBI 302  Plants for the Future

18

Total   90

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