Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Plant Sciences)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Plant Sciences)


The Department of Plant Science has two programs namely Plant Science program and Applied Plant Science program which offer courses leading to the bachelor degrees (honours) in Plant Science and Applied Plant Science.

Programme Description

Courses offered in Plant Science and Applied Plant Science programs have been designed to explore, through  knowledge, experience, investigation and experimentation, how plants grow, develop, reproduce, evolve, fight off pests and diseases, interact with and respond to their environment, produce the best quality products, and contribute significantly to enhancing human health. The courses are meant for students with interest in plant biology and its associated curricular fields such as plant ecology, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant molecular biology, soil science and several others.

The core courses of both programs are almost the same except that for Applied Plant Science students, instead of taking a pure core plant science  courses such plant diversity, plant cell biology, plant reproductive biology and polyploidy, photosynthesis and respiration, plant molecular biology and plant ecology, the students will take a few core courses which are more applied such as soil science, plant protection, plant propagation, plant and crop modeling, herbs and medicinal plants.  

What differentiate the two programs are the concentration courses. Students  of Plant Science  will have three groups of concentration courses to choose from namely biodiversity, biotechnology and biochemistry aimed at equipping the students with in-depth knowledge and skill in  pure plant science associated with plant diversity, plant biotechnology and plant biochemistry. Examples of such courses are plant systematic, plant proteomics, bioinformatics, plant metabolisms, plant growth regulation, and several others. 

On the other hand students of applied plant science will be pursuing courses designed at addressing complex real-life problems such as the production of food and energy, manufacturing chemical components for health, industrial and environmental applications, etc.  As such three groups of concentration courses are offered namely: 

  1. Plant, soil and environment, 
  2. Genetics, genomics and breeding, and 
  3. Herbal and medicinal plants. 

Upon graduation, students of applied plant science will have the ability to integrate plant science courses in plant improvement for product quality, safety and security, and the development and management of sustainable plant systems to minimize the impact of climate change and addressing the problem of  food security. Some examples of the concentration courses are soil management, biofertilizer, plant soil & climate change, breeding plants for pest and disease resistance, production of herbs and medicinal plants, herbs and natural supplements and several others

Both programs will draw some of its expertise from the existing departments particularly the departments of biotechnology and chemistry.

Entry Requirements

A pass at the GCE level with credits in

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics

Any other equivalent qualification recognized by the government of Malaysia and approved by the Senate of the University.

  • Pass in the English Placement Test (EPT) conducted by IIUM or has evidence of IELTS or TOEFL qualification:

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