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Plant Health: Bachelor of Horticulture Science Minor


Plant Health is a horticultural program (Bachelor of Horticulture Science Major) supported by the School of Horticulture. The Plant Health Minor provides an opportunity for students enrolled in a Bachelors degree to study an important and applied sector of horticulture.

Plants provide the earth with oxygen, food and habitat. Food production using environmentally sensitive methods includes employing methods of pest control with the lowest possible environmental impact. Trees and other plant types provide green spaces in urban environments. These areas are critical to the social well-being of the surrounding communities. To maintain the ecological health of these spaces, sustainable methods of pest control are required.

Students will study plant health through a series of horticulture courses. Lower-level courses will ensure a base in plant culture and statistical analysis. The upper-level courses will fine tune the student’s ability to identify pests, study life cycles, and develop science-based strategies for sustainable monitoring and control.

Student Profile

This minor will appeal to students enrolled in a Bachelors degree that wish to pursue study in plant health. The combination of a related Major and an applied minor will allow graduates to seek careers in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and environmental sectors of the economy.

Students that will be successful in this program will have a strong study ethic and a desire to explore an applied field of science.

Career Opportunities

  • Agriculture
  • Crop Consultant
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Natural Resource Conservation and Management Naturalist - Park Ranger
  • Pest Management Professionals
  • Plant Protection Biologist
  • Urban Parks – Manager

Admission Requirements

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

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

The Minor in Plant Health requires completion of eighteen (18) area specific credits, including six (6) lower-division credits and twelve (12) upper-division credits.

Students are required to take one of the following courses:
  HORT 1102 Botany for Horticulture 3 credits
  HORT 1155 Introduction To Plant Materials 3 credits
Plus all of the following courses:
  HORT 3310 Entomology 3 credits
  HORT 3320 Plant Pathology 3 credits
  HORT 3360 Scouting, Monitoring, and Assessment of Pests 3 credits
  HORT 4370 National and Global Regulatory Issues 3 credits
  MATH 1115 Statistics I 3 credits

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor's degree, transcripts will indicate a Minor 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:

  • 18

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2015

How to Declare:

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Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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