Plant Biotechnology

Plant Biotechnology

B.Sc. Agriculture
(Plant Biotechnology) brochure

Seeds in the ground grow into thriving plants thanks to the work of plant biotechnologists. Using applied biology and chemistry, these scientists develop food crops from the molecular level to the plant in the field, and new technologies that protect crops from insects and disease from planting to harvesting.

Discover a whole world of opportunity in the Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Plant Biotechnology by learning how advanced biotechnologies are being used in crop development industries and research today. This degree provides you with a solid foundation in genetics, pathology, the physiology of plant growth, and the development of crop plants for food, feed and industrial uses. You’ll learn how to identify and develop strategies that improve not only the productivity but also the quality of agricultural crops.

Where Can It Take You?

Students graduating from the Plant Biotechnology program go on to pursue careers in seed companies, research organizations producing new varieties, and federal and provincial departments of agriculture. Specific job titles include:

  • Biotechnology Researcher
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Crop Extension Communicator
  • Plant Breeder

Choose Your Focus

You can opt for generalized study, or specialize in one of three streams:

Plant genetics
Plant physiology
Plant pathology

Did You Know?

Research on Your Doorstep
The Cereal Research Centre of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada is located right on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.  

On-the-Job Training
Gain valuable work experience through summer jobs or cooperative education postings with industry, government, and the farming profession. Develop practical skills in your area of study while earning money to help finance your education.

Exchange Opportunities
Make the most of international study opportunities in countries such as Sweden, Mexico, France, the U.S., China and India.

Finance Your Education
The Faculty, industry and other partners offer many scholarships and bursaries, including the Stefansson Award in Plant Science.

We feed your future

Our program is unique for its focus on regional crops, and our faculty are international leaders in their field.


Diploma in Agriculture
Animal Systems
Food Science
Human Nutritional Sciences
Plant Biotechnology
Pre-Veterinary Studies