Minor in Plant Health


Plant Health is a horticultural program 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. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.

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.

Who Studies Plant Health?

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

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/science

Department's website: kpu.ca/science/hort

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Minor in Plant Health must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.

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 1102Botany for Horticulture3
or HORT 1155 Introduction To Plant Materials
HORT 3310Entomology3
HORT 3320Plant Pathology3
HORT 3360Scouting, Monitoring, and Assessment of Pests3
HORT 4370National and Global Regulatory Issues3
MATH 1115Statistics I3
Total Credits18

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelor’s degree program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Plant Health.

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