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Tuition Fees:$342 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Plant and Environmental Biology
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biological Sciences
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Plant and Environmental Biology is the scientific study of plants. It includes the diversity of plants, their structure, function, ecology and how they interact with other organisms. Plant and Environmental Biology is one of the first scientific disciplines and connects with many other disciplines in the Biological, Physical and Social Sciences. In view of the fact that plants are the primary producers that support all human life, Plant and Environmental Biology has a wider range of applications in many fields. These include; agriculture, biotechnology, environmental science, natural resource management, nature conservation, food and pharmaceutical industries among others. The results of botanical research do not only give insight into plants and the essential processes that affect ecosystems and the natural environment. They also contribute to food, social and economic security. Be it primitive or modern society, plants remain an essential life-support for human existence. This is evident in the role they play in carbon and oxygen cycles, agriculture, building & construction, pharmaceutical, clothing and textile industries.

Plant and Environmental Biology is one of the key disciplines investigating the effects of human activities on the environment. The findings of such studies help in predicting climate changes and their consequences, particularly on food production. Botanists studying chemicals produced by plants are also churning out new uses which were previously unknown. Some of these include raw materials for building, paper, solvents and adhesives, fabrics and medicines used in treating debilitating diseases like cancer. Recently, advances in Genetics and other related sciences have been applied by botanists to expand the fields of Tissue Culture and Biotechnology. With Tissue Culture, whole plants can be grown from single cells; and this is useful in plant breeding where desirable traits such as disease, insect and draught resistance can be propagated. Similarly, Biotechnology allows for modifying the genetic materials of organisms directly and precisely to improve plants for specific purposes.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to; • Develop an all-inclusive understanding of the science of plants covering algae, mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and flowering plants. • Develop an in-depth understanding of essential plant processes and how they affect ecosystems and natural environment. • Develop the ability to apply principles and concepts in Plant and Environmental Biology to address issues in conservation and management. • Acquire the knowledge of plant diversity and identification alongside practical techniques in field ecology. • Develop a deep understanding of selected electives from Advanced Plant Anatomy, Advanced Plant Taxonomy, Fresh Water Biology, Genetics & Breeding, Plant Ecology & Plant Microbiology and their scientific, economic and social importance and applications.

Curriculum

LEVEL 100 (First Year)

 

FIRST SEMESTER

Code Title Credits
ABCS 101 Introductory Animal Biology 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3
PHYS 101 Practical Physics I 1
PHYS 143 Mechanics and Thermal Physics 3
MATH 101 General Mathematics 3
Total 13

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Code Title Credits
BOTN 104 Growth of Flowering Plants 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 110 Practical Chemistry 1
PHYS 102 Practical Physics II 1
PHYS 144 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Total 11

 

SINGLE MAJOR IN BOTANY

LEVEL 200

 

FIRST SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

BOTN 201 Introductory Plant Morphology

3

BOTN 203 Plants and Civilization

3

Total  

6

Select 6 credits from other Departments to make a maximum credit of 15

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

BOIL 202 Introductory Cell Biology  and Genetics

3

BOTN 204 Plants and Health

3

Total  

6

Select 6 credits from other Departments to make a maximum credit of 15

 

LEVEL 300

 

FIRST SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

BOTN 310 Language for Scientists I

1

BOTN 311 Vegetative Anatomy of Seed Plants

3

BOTN 313 Phychology

3

BOIL 315 Principles of Genetics

3

BOTN 317 Biometry I

2

BOTN 321 Evolution

3

Total  

15

BOTN 323 Principles of Plant Propagation, Conservation and Utilization

3

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

BOTN 312 Whole Plant Physiology

3

BOTN 314 Taxonomy and Evolution of Seed Plants

3

BOTN 316 Plant Ecology of West Africa

3

BOTN 318 Aquatic Biology

3

BOTN 322 Biology of Lower Plants

3

Total  

15

BOTN 324 Bacteria and Viruses

3

 

LEVEL 400

 

FIRST SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

BOTN 400 Project Work

3

BOTN 411 Fungi and Lichens

3

BOTN 413 Cell Ultra Structure and Functions

3

Total  

9

 

Electives (Select 9 credits from any of the following groups)

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

Group A
BOTN 417 Microbiology

3

BOTN 439 Physiology of Fungi

3

Group B
BOTN 419 Advanced Taxonomy

3

Group C
BOTN 425 Quantitative Plant Ecology

3

BOTN 427 Conservation and Environmental Studies

3

BOTN 437 Biometry II

2

Group D
BOTN 429 Population and Biometrical Genetics

3

BOTN 437 Biometry II

3

Group E
BOTN 431 Hormones

3

Group F
BOTN 433 Fresh Water Biology

3

Group G
BOTN 435 Developmental Plant Anatomy

3

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

BOTN 400 Project Work

3

BOTN 410 Language for Scientists II

1

BOTN 414 Economic Botany

3

BOTN 422 Floral and Reproductive Biology

3

Total  

10

Electives (Select 2 courses from any of the following groups)

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

Group A  
BOTN 418 Plant Pathology

3

Group B  
BOTN 426 Production Ecology

3

Group C  
BOTN 428 Molecular Genetics, Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics

3

Group D  
BOTN 432 Whole Plant Physiology

3

Group E  
BOTN 434 Watershed Management

3

Group F  
BOTN 436 Applied Plant Anatomy

3

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry


For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science &a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two subject. At least one of which should be Biology, Further Mathematics or Physics.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Chemistry and Biology, and either Mathematics or Physics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), Mathematics (SL) and at least C inPhysics.at the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

1. GHANAIAN APPLICANTS
University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

DIPLOMA/HND TO DEGREE APPLICANTS
After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GHANAIANS APPLYING FROM ABROAD
International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch
Swift: ECOCGHAC

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

There are numerous job opportunities in Industry, Research, Educational Institutions and MDAs for B.Sc Plant and Environmental Biology graduates. These include among others;
• Biodiversity/Environmental Conservation
• Consultancy for Environmental NGOs
• Environmental Protection/ Monitoring
• Flora Surveys
• Horticultural Services
• Mining/Land Use Rehabilitation
• Research/Policy Advocacy
• Vegetation Management
• Vegetation Mapping

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $342
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,945

Lecturers

Alex Asase [BSc, PhD (Ghana)]
Associate Professor
aasase@ug.edu.gh

Alfred A. Oteng-Yeboah [BSc, (Ghana), PhD, (Edinburgh)]
Associate Professor

Cecilia M. Amoah [BSc, (KNUST), MSc, PhD, (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer

Ebenezer Owusu [ BSc PhD (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer (Head of Department)

Elizabeth Acheampong [BSc, (Nott), PhD, (Birm)]
Senior Lecturer
eacheampong@ug.edu.gh

Eureka E. Ahadjie Adomako [BSc, MPhil (Ghana), MPhil, (Cambridge), PhD, (Aberdeen)]
Senior Lecturer
eadomako@ug.edu.gh

Gabriel K. Ameka [BSc, MPhil, PhD, (Ghana)]
Professor
gameka@ug.edu.gh

George T. Odamtten [MSc, (Ghana), PhD, (Wageningen)]
Professor

Gladys Schwinger [BSc, MPhil (Ghana)]
Assistant Lecturer
goschwinger@ug.edu.gh

Isaac K. Asante [BSc, MPhi,l PhD, (Ghana)]
Professor
ikasante@ug.edu.gh

James K. Adomako [BSc, MPhil, PhD, (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer
jadomako@ug.edu.gh

Kwadwo O. Ayeh
Senior Lecturer
koayeh@ug.edu.gh

Lewis Enu-Kwesi [MSc, (UCC) PhD, (Waterloo)]
Associate Professor (Contract)

Mathew K. Essilfie [BSc, Dip Ed, (UCC) MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer
mkessilfie@ug.edu.gh

Mona D. Sunish (BSc, MSc, PhD (INDIA))
Lecturer
msunish@ug.edu.gh / monadave1@rediffmail.com

Vincent V. Vordzogbe [BSc, MPhil, PhD (Ghana)]
Senior Lecturer
vvordzogbe @ug.edu.gh /vonvord@gmail.com

Wiafe-Kwagyan Michael (BSc. MPhil. & PhD (Ghana))
Lecturer
mwiafe-kwagyan@ug.edu.gh

Relevant Contact

 
Department of Botany
Responsible for admission inquiries
Dr
Ebenezer Owusu
Head of Department