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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Biological Sciences
Course coordinatorAssociate Professor Jenny Read (School of Biological Sciences)


Plant science is the study of plants, their diversity and structure, and how they function. It involves studying plants living on land, in the sea and in freshwater environments, from the scale of genes and molecules to ecology.


On completion of the sequence in plant sciences students will:

  • have developed an understanding of plant diversity and the evolutionary development of the major plant groups, the morphology and development of plants and how these are integrated with plant function, and the ecology of plants from the scale of species to vegetation communities, including interactions across trophic levels
  • have developed practical skills in experimental methods relevant to plant sciences, including plant identification, plant physiology techniques, anatomical techniques and quantitative field methods
  • be familiar with principles of experimental design and data collection and interpretation
  • have developed skills in critical and independent thinking, synthesis of literature, and written and oral communication
  • be fully prepared for further study, teaching, research and employment in plant sciences.

Sequence requirements

Minor sequence in plant sciences (24 points)

Major sequence in plant sciences (48 points)

A list of related units are provided in the biological sciences entry in this section of the Handbook.

* This unit has compulsory level-one and/or level-two prerequisites beyond those units listed at level two.

** The version of this unit at level three cannot be taken if the corresponding version at level two has been completed.