Bachelor of Science (Plant Science)

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Regulations

Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. 

Expected high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subject (or the equivalent in Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, or similar) will give you the expected background knowledge to take this major. However, if you have not studied this subject we have a pathway for you to progress to your major (see below).

  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Biology

Other recommended high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subjects (or equivalent) will help you study in this major but is not essential.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269
  • At least 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

Haven’t studied the right subjects at high school?

The following pathways will get you prepared to study this major. If you have not studied NCEA Level 3 Biology (or equivalent) take the following course first:

162.103 Introductory Biology

This course is available in the summer semester and will count towards credits in your degree.

If you won’t have reached University Entrance before the summer semester begins, you may be able to apply through Discretionary Entrance.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Science (Plant Science) structure

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please see below for a simplified plan.  Full regulations for the BSc should also be viewed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page.  The regulations page will also outline course prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you.

All Bachelor of Science students will take a selection of compulsory courses throughout the degree.  The first year structure, is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set which will equip them to go on to more advanced courses in the 2nd and 3rd years.

Plant Science has similar first year core courses to several other majors available in the Bachelor of Science, allowing students to change their major before their second year.  Note that changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.

Requirements

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Please check changes for current students in 2020.

At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Science the following is required:

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Completion of at least one major, consisting of 60 credits at 200 level and 60 credits at 300 level
  • A maximum of 165 credits at 100 level
  • A minimum of 75 credits must be from 300-level courses

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Courses

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100-level courses

Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
124.103 Biophysical Principles or 160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.104 Introductory Mathematics for Science or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
120.101 Plant Biology
162.101 Cell Biology

Take these in the order shown:
One of 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences or 123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems
189.151 Principles of Soil Science

Plus choose one 100 level elective course. This can be from a subject area other than Science.

Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.

200-level courses in the major

Take all four:
120.201 Diversity of plants
120.217 Plant, Cell and Environment
203.210 Genes, Genomes, and Evolution
196.205 Ecology and Conservation

300-level courses in the major

Take all four:
120.303 Plant Evolution and Speciation
120.305 Comparative Plant Development
120.306 Plant Improvement
196.319  Plant Biotic Interactions

To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.

When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.

For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.

The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page. 

Not sure of your major yet?

Majors

You can change to any BSc major at the end of your first year. Moving from the first year of plant science to one of the majors below is particularly simple, as the required first year courses are similar. By choosing your courses and electives carefully to cover both majors you could easily swap over at the end of first year.

Note: Changing your major may incur an increase in completion time.

Minors

A 'minor' is a group of at least four courses from a defined major's course schedule, including at least one course at high level. Some BSc minors that are particularly compatible with plant science include those shown below. Timetabling will prioritise these combinations to minimise clashes.

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