Plant & Environmental Sciences Graduate Program

The College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences houses departments that participate in the graduate degree programs in Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES). The PES faculty recognize their responsibility to the mission of a Land Grant Institution and provides exemplary academic and research mentoring and public service.  The Master’s (MS) and Doctoral (PHD) degree programs offer rigorous education and a solid foundation in basic and applied plant and environmental sciences, and educate individuals who will continue research or serve as professionals enhancing agriculture, horticulture, and environmental and economic sustainability of biological resources.

The MS and PHD degree programs are offered by faculty representing a broad range of disciplines including botany, crop science, ecology, molecular genetics, horticulture, plant pathology, plant breeding, plant physiology, weed science, turfgrass and soil sciences. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in the biological, agricultural and/or related sciences. Undergraduate curricula that may provide this background are botany, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, plant science, soil science, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, horticulture, forestry or environmental sciences.  We welcome motivated students with non-traditional backgrounds, who may be required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses relevant to their research area.

Participating Departments:

    * Biological Sciences
    * Genetics and Biochemistry
    * School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences

Paula Agudelo, Ph.D., Graduate Program Coordinator
210 Biosystems Research Complex
Clemson University.  Clemson, SC 29634
864-656-5741    E-mail:

Tammy P. Morton, Administrative Assistant
171 Plant & Animal Science Building (Poole Agricultural Center)
Clemson University.  Clemson, SC 29634
864-656-4964    E-mail: