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Cultivating real-world skills

You'll be able to put classroom theory right to work, in the Faculty of Agriculture's plant labs and greenhouses—and outdoors on our 200-hectare farm.


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 5 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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Be business minded: With our strong entrepreneurial emphasis, you’ll learn skills that can help you to be your own boss.

Career options


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.

What will I learn?


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.