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Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.



K. Adams, A. Angert, M. Berbee, J. Bohlmann, Q. Cronk, J. Davies, S. Graham, G. W. Haughn, R. Jetter, P. Keeling, L. Kunst, B. S. Leander, X. Li, W. Maddison, P. Martone, L. Rieseberg, L. Samuels, C. Suttle, P. Tortell, G. Wasteneys, Y. Zhang.

Associate Professor Emeritus

P. G. Harrison.

Associate Professors

N. M. Fast, L. W. Parfrey, A. Rosado, J. Whitton.

Assistant Professors

S. Michaletz, L. Song, M. Tseng.

Program Overview

Research in Botany extends from genomics, molecular genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plants and eukaryotic microorganisms (e.g., fungi and protists) through to cytology and development to systematics, ecology, and phytogeography. Such a broad spectrum of activities provides for dynamic interactions between subdisciplines. In addition, opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects exist with colleagues in other departments and units on campus, such as Forest and Conservation Sciences, Botanical Garden/ Centre for Plant Research, Zoology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, the Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Centre for Biodiversity Research. Several of our faculty apply their strengths in the basic sciences to problems relevant to forestry, agriculture, marine biology, and medicine.

The broad areas of research possible within the program are cell biology and biochemistry; genomics and genetics, plant molecular biology; plant and algal physiology; terrestrial and marine ecology; biosystematics and evolution; development and ultrastructure; protistology; and mycology.

Faculty members supervise students in projects funded by NSERC, CIHR, Genome Canada, and other agencies.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.Sc. in botany or a related area, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations. Exceptional students may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program from the bachelor's level. Students with an M.Sc. apply directly for the Ph.D. program.

Program Requirements

Although there are few formal course requirements, courses are selected in accordance with the recommendation of the program and the student's supervisory committee.

All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, a first class (86%) or high second class B.Sc. is required.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including an 18-credit thesis. Courses may be selected from botany and a wide range of related programs on campus, in consultation with the research supervisor and the student's committee. A non-thesis M.Sc. option is also available, in which a major essay is required.

Contact Information

Department of Botany
3156-6270 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.2133
Fax: 604.822.6089
Alice Liou, Graduate Program Coordinator


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