BSc minor Experimental Plant Sciences (WUEPS)

The BSc minor Experimental Plant Sciences focuses on the improvement of the quality of plant production and plant products for various purposes, including health-related, pharmaceutical and industrial use.

Continue to an overview of the courses in this minor

These applied research approaches find their basis in fundamental knowledge on developmental biology of plants, interactions between plants and biotic agents, metabolism and adaptation, and genome plasticity. The courses that make up this BSc minor together comprise these aspects at the level of plant cells and individual plants. The interactions between plants and their abiotic and biotic environment are covered as well.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:

  • apply relevant laboratory techniques for gene isolation, plant transformation and analysis of gene expression patterns in transgenic plants;
  • explain concepts and principles in plant breeding, and understand the advantages and limitations of plant breeding selection programmes, including the production of hybrid cultivars;
  • understand the tools used for the development of genetic, physical and sequence maps of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes, the relations between these different maps and the specific application of the different maps in genome mapping;
  • understand adaptation mechanisms of organisms in response to biotic and abiotic stress factors, and how these affect their interactions;
  • show insight in common patterns across kingdoms underlying adaptation and plasticity;
  • comprehend the specific adaptations of plants for (selective) uptake, exchange and transport of fluids and nutrients, including symbiosis, resource allocation, storage, excretion, redistribution and accumulation, depending on their life cycle strategy and the type of environmental stress;
  • explain the molecular basis of interactions between plants viruses, micro-organisms, nematodes and insects;
  • understand the complexity of the repertoire of defence mechanisms that plants utilize to (directly or indirectly) counteract attackers.

Target group

This minor is interesting for WU-students of the BSc programmes:
BBI Biology (except BBI-B)
BBT Biotechnology
BPW Plant Sciences
BML Molecular Life Sciences
Also for university or HBO students of programmes in Biology and/or Life Sciences.

Overlapping courses or content with

BBI-B Biology - marjor Organismal and Developmental Biology




Second semester (period 4, 5 and 6)

Programme or thematic

Programme minor