Department of Botany is one of the premier departments started in 1958 under the aided scheme in St. Aloysius College. Botany is one of the optional basic sciences at the undergraduate level with other optional subjects like Zoology / Biotechnology / Biochemistry / Chemistry. The department has a spacious laboratory, museum, instrumentation room and fern house. Besides classroom teaching, the department also maintained fern house and Herbal gardens in the department and in the campus. It also undertakes study tours and fieldtrips to different botanical gardens and herbaria in & around the state. It also imparts hands-on training to the student community in handling sophisticated equipment to carry out experiments during the regular practical classes as well as project work. The department also encourages the students to undertake minor projects.
Al-vana – an Arboretum – with an expanse of about 1.5 acres is maintained as a mini biodiversity spot on the campus. More than 100 plant species are available out of which nearly fifty endangered tree species of western Ghats region are preserved.Class room Extension Activity for Experiential learning: Final year students are trained to be the resource persons for PUC and high school students and disseminate environmental, social and scientific issues.
Under following Combinations the subject Botany is offered at under graduate level
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) – Botany, Chemistry, Zoology.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) – Botany, Biochemistry, Chemistry.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) – Botany, Biotechnology, Chemistry.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) – Botany, Biochemistry, Zoology.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) – Botany, Microbiology, Chemistry.
B.Sc Semester I – Biodiversity – I,
B.Sc Semester II – Biodiversity –II, Cell Biology , Histology And Anatomy.
B.Sc Semester III – Biodiversity –III, Morphology And Embryology Of Angiosperms.
B.Sc Semester IV – Plant Systematic and Commercial Botany.
B.Sc Semester V – Environmental Science (opt), Molecular Biology I And Genetics (opt)
B.Sc Semester VI – Plant Physiology (opt), Molecular Biology II ,Plant Propagation, Biotechnology And Pharmacognosy (opt).
Dr Vinitha Cardoza: Plant Scientist Basf North Carolina, USA.
Dr Anuradha: Scientist, Kiran Majumdhar Shah Research centre Narayana Hrudhayalaya, Bangalore.
Mr Jayakara Bhandary: Department of Botany, Government First Grade College Karwar, Task Force member for environment.
Dr Anand Pereira: Entrepreneur, Sakaleshpur.
Mr Sushanth Tharappan, Regional manager, Infosys Chennai.