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Undergraduate botany with an emphasis on
terrestrial ecology

bus_stop_forestOtago’s ecologically orientated Botany students profit from having an spectacular diversity of ecosystems right on the Dunedin campus’ door step. The department’s teaching in plant ecology is based on a long tradition of research excellence in field ecology, biogeography, conservation biology and plant-insect interactions. Students with expertise in plant ecology find employment with the Department of Conservation, Landcare Research (the CRI), Landcare Trust, consultancies such as Wildland Consultants, regional councils and many other bodies.

Otago’s Bachelor degrees offer enormous flexibility and choice, what we suggest below is intended as a template which you use as a starting point for designing your own program that matches your goals and interests. The program suggested here will give BSc major in Botany with a minor in Ecology. It weighs heavily on science papers and uses only one arts paper (PHIL 105).

Year Papers Points
Example Course Plan

1

ECOL111
CHEM191
PHSI191
BIOL123
STAT115
COMO101
PHIL105
Ecology and Conservation of Diversity (S1)
The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health (S1)
Biological Physics (S1)
Plants: How They Shape the World (S2)
Introduction to Biostatistics (S2)
Computational Mathematics (S2)
Ethical Issues (S2)
18x7=126

2

BTNY201
ECOL211
GEOL272
BTNY202
BTNY203
ECOL212
MARI112
Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology (S1)
Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems (S1)
Evolution of New Zealand Biota (S1)
Plant and Fungal Diversity (S2)
Marine and Freshwater Botany (S2)
Ecological Applications (S2)
Global Marine Systems (S2)
18x7=126

3

BTNY303
BTNY301
PLBI301
ECOL313
BTNY302
ZOOL222
Special Topics in Field Botany (SS)
Plant Ecology (S1)
Applied Plant Science (S1)
Ecology Field Course (S1)
Plant Interactions (S2)
Evolutionary Biology (S2)
16x6=108

The degree course listed above is an example only. Timetable clashes may occur in some years.