Khoa Khoa học Sinh học NUS (DBS) sẽ ra mắt một chuyên ngành thực vật học mới

Thứ hai, 08/05/2023, 11:19 GMT+7

The NUS Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) is launching a new botany minor in August 2023 for the Academic Year 23/24. The undergraduate minor programme, jointly developed by NUS and the National Parks Board (NParks), aims to increase the number of local flora experts in Singapore. 

Students harvesting the potted Chinese mustard they grew during the tropical horticulture class.

The minor will help augment NUS graduates’ specialisation in botany. It will be also be an asset to students keen to work in this area, especially as Singapore aims to add about 200ha of nature parks and start species recovery for 100 more plant species by 2030, and plant experts are also needed for urban farms to boost food security.

Students taking the minor programme can select from nine existing NUS courses – Plants and Society, Comparative Botany, Vegetation and Plant Diversity of Southeast Asia, Natural Heritage of Singapore, Biodiversity, Fundamentals of Plant Biology, Tropical Horticulture, Fungal Biology and Plant Growth and Development. Students need to take and pass five of the courses, of which three are compulsory.

Dr Amy Choong, Senior Lecturer at NUS DBS, coordinates the minor programme at NUS and teaches a few of the courses under the minor. In her tropical horticulture classes, Dr Choong’s students learn to grow and nourish Chinese mustard while fending off pests and weeds, which are relevant skills for careers in urban farming.

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