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Plant Health: Bachelor of Horticulture Science Major


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.

The Bachelor of Horticulture Science program has the following strengths:

  • Customized education through the selection of electives that support learner educational goals
  • Emphasis on the economic, environmental, and social components of sustainability
  • Strong connections with horticulture industry and community groups
  • Development of essential skills such as teamwork, creative thinking, problem solving, and communication
  • Capstone research courses which include the application of new skills to a community based issue
  • Required work experience

Students may have the opportunity to engage in international studies.

Student Profile

Students interested in the impacts of plant health, its management, and the influence of plant protection regulations on the horticulture industry or our broader community, are encouraged to apply. The program will appeal to students who want to enroll in an applied science degree, where they can both analyze problems and implement solutions that enhance and protect our food, amenity, and recreational needs. Students interested in the effects of varied societal perspectives on public policy and the implementation of sustainable practices to food and crop production will find this program of value.

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)

Admission Requirements

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

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Science and Horticulture degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher

Curricular Requirements

A minimum of 122 credits from courses as the 1100 level or higher, including:

  • A minimum of 36 credits from courses at the 3000 level or higher, including 6 credits from research courses at the 4000 level
  • A minimum of 15 credits of Breadth electives chosen from fields or courses that are neither HORT nor prescribed within the Plant Health Major, including at least 3 credits from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level

Plant Health Major

Year 1

All of:
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
  HORT 1102 Botany for Horticulture 3 credits
  HORT 1104 Soils and Growing Media 3 credits
  HORT 1110 Introduction to Sustainable Horticulture 3 credits
  HORT 1155 Introduction to Plant Identification 3 credits
  HORT 1217 Foundations of Plant Health 3 credits
Plus one of:
  CBSY 1105 Introductory Computer Applications 3 credits
  CBSY 1110 Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets 3 credits
  9 credits of HORT electives at the 1100 or 2000 level 9 credits

Year 2

All of:
  BIOL 1110 Introductory Biology I 4 credits
  ENVI 1106 Environmental Chemistry I 4 credits
  HORT 2302 Horticulture Work Experience 1 credit
  HORT 2306 Work Experience Report 1 credit
Plus one of:
  BUSI 1205 Supervisory Skills 3 credits
  BUSI 1215 Organizational Behaviour 3 credits
  BUSI 1250 Human Resources Management I 3 credits
Plus one of:
  ACCT 1110 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3 credits
  BUSI 1209 Business Management in Horticulture 3 credits
  BUSI 1210 Essentials of Management 3 credits
Plus one of:
  HORT 2308 Landscape Pest Management 3 credits
  HORT 2333 Turfgrass Pest Management 3 credits
  HORT 2378 Production Horticulture Pests 3 credits
  12 credits of HORT electives at the 1100 or 2000 level 12 credits

Year 3

All of:
  BIOL 1210 Introductory Biology II 4 credits
  MATH 1115 Statistics I 3 credits
  HORT 3310 Entomology 3 credits
  HORT 3320 Plant Pathology 3 credits
  HORT 3330 Biological Control in Pest Management 3 credits
  HORT 3360 Scouting, Monitoring, and Assessment of Pests 3 credits
  6 credits of HORT electives at the 2000 level or higher 6 credits
  6 credits of Breadth electives * 6 credits

Year 4

All of:
  HORT 4340 Pest Management 3 credits
  HORT 4350 Environmental Effects of Plant Health Management 3 credits
  HORT 4370 National and Global Regulatory Issues 3 credits
  HORT 4440 Vegetation Management 3 credits
  HORT 4480 Society and Horticulture 3 credits
  HORT 4810 Applied Research Project 1 3 credits
  HORT 4820 Applied Research Project 2 3 credits
  9 credits of Breadth electives, including at least 3 credits at the 3000 level or higher * 9 credits

Note: * CMNS 1140 may be used as a Breadth elective.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Horticulture Science, Major in Plant Health.

At a Glance

Faculty of Science and Horticulture


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 122

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2016

How to Declare:

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Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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