Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences - Plant Biotechnology
School of Agriculture & Food Sciences

Program description

Plant Biotechnology uses applied biology and chemistry to develop advanced knowledge of crop plants and their pathogens. Plant Biotechnologists develop new technologies for crop improvement.

The Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Plant Biotechnology provides students with a solid background in genetics, pathology, the physiology of plant growth, and the development of crop plants for food, feed and industrial uses. It also introduce students to the fundamentals and applications of the advanced biotechnologies currently being used in crop development industries and research.


Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Plant Biotechnology - 4 years

Plant Biotechnology is also available as a minor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. It is also open to students in other programs.

Minor options

  • Animal Systems
  • Entomology
  • Food Science
  • Soil Science
  • Programs in other faculties

    Interesting courses and unique opportunities

    Interesting courses

    • Issues in Agricultural Biotechnology
    • Principles of Ecology
    • Principles of Plant Improvement
    • Fundamentals of Plant Pathology

    Co-op programs
    The Cooperative Education option integrates academic study with practical work experience in industry, government and the farming profession. To obtain the co-op designation, students must complete three 4-month work terms. Two of these can be during the summer. This program option will extend your degree time by one semester (slightly longer if a student takes more work terms in winter).

    Exchange and travel opportunities
    Exchange opportunities exist for agriculture students to study abroad in countries such as Sweden, Mexico, France, the U.S., China and India.


    Professional opportunities

    • Research Lab Technical Assistant
    • Crop Disease Diagnostician
    • Crop Extension Communicator

    Note: students graduating from the Plant Biotechnology program find employment opportunities with seed companies, research organizations producing new varieties, federal and provincial departments of agriculture involved in regulation, extension or crop development. Many of these roles in private industry can lead to corporate leadership positions. 


    Admission Requirements

    Visit the Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) Agricultural and Food Sciences application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


    What is unique about this program at the U of M?

    Ours is the only program at the University of Manitoba to focus on the development of food crops from the molecular level to the crop plant in the field. The program provides students with the flexibility for general or specialized study in plant genetics, physiology and pathology. Knowledge gained provides students with the ability to identify and develop strategies that improve crop productivity and quality. Similar programs exist at other agricultural colleges, but ours stands out because of our focus on regional crops and the expertise of our professors.

    The University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry Campus is also the location of the Cereal Research Centre of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, and the provincial Agriculture Services Complex.


    Important Links

    Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
    Department of Plant Science
    Graduate studies in the Department of Plant Science