Candidates should have a strong undergraduate background in the biological, agricultural and/or physical sciences as appropriate to their focus area. Undergraduate curricula that may provide this background are botany, biology or chemistry or one of the agricultural plant and soil environmental sciences such as agronomy, horticulture, forest resources and plant pathology. We also welcome students with non-traditional backgrounds, who may need to complete some relevant undergraduate courses to supplement their graduate program.
Each student's degree program is tailored to his or her professional goals and is guided by an advisor and graduate committee. All graduate students in Plant and Environmental Sciences must select an advisor before admission.
Candidates for the Master of Science degree must complete 24 semester credit hours of course work and six hours of research, and must present and defend a thesis based on original research. M. S. students who plan nonresearch-related careers in public gardening, landscape design, extension, consulting or agri-business must complete 30 semester credit hours of coursework and undertake a professional development/public service project option in lieu of thesis-related research. Inter-disciplinary studies in plant health and integrated pest management are also available under this option.
A dissertation based on original research is required for the Ph. D. degree. There is no semester hour requirement, however the plan of course work is based on student interests and dissertation emphasis, as determined in consultation with the major advisor and graduate committee.