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BSc (Hons) Plant Science course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Plant Science studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more:

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a couple of popular science books you might like to read, if you can, before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest:

  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Lab Girl. Hope Jahren
  • The Miraculous Fever-Tree: Malaria and the Quest for a Cure That Changed the World. Fiammetta Rocco
  • Plants from Roots to Riches. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry
  • What a Plant Knows. Daniel Chamowitz
  • Making Eden. David Beerling
  • Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History. Bill Laws

Useful websites

Did you know you can hang out with scientists online via The Natural History Museum or the Linnean Society London?

You can also use the BBC and Guardian websites to follow science (especially biology and plant science) stories in the press or read about upcoming trends at Botany One. Focus of the scientific principles rather than the human element as you read.

For some great articles and insights, the is highly recommended. And, as it’s never to early to start thinking about topics you enjoy, you could try comparing news articles to scientific papers you can find on Google Scholar. This will be a useful skill for your studies.

Other useful websites include:

Things to do now

Here are a couple of ideas for you to try some Bioscience related fun:

  • Try some home experiments. STEM Learning has some good ideas
  • Discover a new and exciting topic with a TED talk
  • Start a journal. Get practicing for writing a lab book.