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Nurturing growth

Plant Science student Samantha Haley takes measurements of greenhouse plants to chart their development.


Fresh from the garden

Kevin Morin has enhanced his studies in Plant Science by working in the Chef's Garden, where a variety of vegetables and herbs are grown for on-campus consumption.


Study at the Faculty of Agriculture in Truro

Located one hour from Halifax in Truro, NS, Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus is a great place to study, work and live.


Top 10 reasons to study Plant Science at Dalhousie:

  1. Go beyond traditional botany or plant biology: Our comprehensive program is unique in its approach to the growth and production of field and horticultural crops.
  2. Get a well-rounded education: You'll gain the right balance of skills, knowledge, work experience and reasoning, so you’re equipped to research and investigate problems related to food security and quality.
  3. Contribute to the solution: One of the world’s greatest challenges is finding ways to feed our planet’s fast-growing population, making plant science one of the most important disciplines to our future.
  4. Choose your specialty: We offer programs in all aspects of plant science, including agronomy, horticulture and ornamental horticulture, crop physiology, stress physiology and metabolism, cropping systems, neutraceuticals, bioactive compounds, and organic crop production.
  5. Learn on a real farm: Our Agricultural Campus, located an hour outside Halifax in Truro, features a fully operational, 200-hectare farm, with demonstration gardens, greenhouses, species collections, 100 hectares of commercial grain and forage production, and a 14-hectare natural woodlot.
  6. Get hands-on experience: We offer fully automated plant growth rooms, rhizotrons, tissue and cell culture laboratories, and state-of-the-art eco-physiological equipment.
  7. See the big picture: The Plant Science program focuses on the relationships among plants, soil, ecosystems and the environment, while providing an international perspective in both teaching and research through links with institutions abroad.
  8. Be business minded: With our strong entrepreneurial emphasis, you’ll learn skills that can help you to be your own boss.
  9. Learn today for a better tomorrow: You’ll discover our commitment to sustainable methods of agriculture.
  10. Develop industry partnerships: Our program encourages collaboration and initiatives with industries in various food sectors.

What will I learn?

Plant science student in greenhouse

Plant Science is a broad topic that we teach through the lens of agriculture, yet it's relevant for a variety of practice specialties. You’ll learn about plant diversity; eco-physiology; nutrient management; strategies for disease, insect and weed management; and sustainable production methods.

What can I do?

student in greenhouse

With so much hands-on experience, you’ll be ready for a career in a range of areas. You might be a fruit and vegetable inspector, become a crop scout, or you could go back to the source and pursue plant breeding and development. As well, you can find opportunities in research and education.