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Bachelor of Horticulture Science in Plant Health

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
21,694.75 CAD
Start dates
21,694.75 CAD
September 2020

21,694.75 CAD
January 2021

21,694.75 CAD
May 2021

21,694.75 CAD
September 2021

Program description

Bachelor of Horticulture Science in Plant Health

The Plant Health Major is an interdisciplinary program that combines plant pathology, entomology, and horticultural practices as part of a holistic approach to plant health protection. The program emphasizes sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) practices including cultural control, biological control, and surveys/scouting, as tools supporting overall management of pests such as insects, weeds and organisms that cause plant disease.

Students address the impacts of plant health issues on the local, regional, and international practice of horticulture. The recognition of plant health, the diagnosis of poor plant performance, and the analysis of plant health programs form the core educational goals. Students explore the impacts of weeds, pests, and diseases as well as the implementation of pest management tactics on the environment. A key feature of the program is the recognition of horticulture as part of international trade and the impact of moving plants, plant products and their pests or diseases globally.

Admission requirements

Students pursuing a major in Plant Health must be admitted to the Faculty of Science & Horticulture.

For more information, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to University Writing
  • Botany for Horticulture
  • Soils and Growing Media
  • Introduction To Sustainable Horticulture
  • Introduction To Plant Materials
  • Foundations of Plant Health
  • Computer Business Applications or Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets

Year 2

  • Introductory Biology I
  • Environmental Chemistry I
  • Horticulture Work Experience
  • Work Experience Report

Select one of the following:

  • Supervisory Skills
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Human Resources Management I

Select one of the following:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting I
  • Business Management in Horticulture
  • Essentials of Management

Select one of the following:

  • Landscape Pest Management
  • Turfgrass Pest Management
  • Production Horticulture Pests

Year 3

  • Introductory Biology II
  • Statistics I
  • Entomology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Biological Control in Pest Management
  • Scouting, Monitoring, and Assessment of Pests

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Career opportunities

Our graduates develop skill necessary for employment in the following area:

  • Technical positions in the Environmental Sector
  • Urban Horticulturists
  • Growers in Production Horticulture Operations
  • Importers and exporters of plants or plant-based commodities
  • Plant Protection Inspectors
  • Pest Management Specialists or Managers in public or private organizations
  • Crop Consultants
  • Technical Representatives for Horticulture or Agriculture Supply Companies
  • Parks Managers
  • Graduate studies in Horticulture or related fields (subject to specific graduate school admission requirements)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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