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Plant and Environmental Sciences Interdepartmental Graduate Program

Dr. Halina Knap, Graduate Coordinator
272 Plant & Animal Science Building, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0315 Telephone: 864-656-3102     E-mail:


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  “The Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Program: Graduate Student Handbook”, available to each graduate student, assists in orientation into the program, and explains the PES policies toward academic performance, assistantship obligations, research plans and records, and intellectual and professional development.

Course work

A plan of course work is tailored individually to augment the student’s professional goals and enhance the breadth of knowledge related to the research program. The course plan is guided and approved by the student’s advisory committee. Courses applicable to the PES degree programs are listed in the Clemson University Graduate School Announcements. These courses are offered by several departments, including Biological Sciences, Entomology, Soils and Plant Sciences and Horticulture, the Departments of Chemistry, Experimental Statistics, Genetics and Biochemistry, and various other departments on campus.

It is recommended that a GS-2 Form (a plan of course work) be approved during the first semester of a MS student’s program and before the end of the second semester of a PHD student’s program. Students must earn a minimum course grade of B (3.0) on all courses listed on their GS-2 form, except research credits which are graded as Pass/Fail. University Graduate School policy requires that a grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in all graduate work. Grades of 'D' or 'F' preclude a student from completing degree requirements, that is, no degree is granted. Students who accumulate a grade point average below 3.0 are placed on probation and may be terminated from the program if improvement of a grade point average to a 3.0 does not occur in the following regular semester.


The students’ research projects are developed and organized with the help of the major advisor and input from the graduate advisory committee. Areas of specialization are allied with those of the major professors. Research projects concentrate on timely issues in basic and applied plant and environmental sciences, and show strong connectedness with public interest to sustain, improve and wisely use biological resources. PES students have won awards for research and teaching in national and international competitions, and are successful in academia and professional assignments in public and private horticultural and agricultural industries.

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Participating Departments: Biological Sciences -- Environmental Horticulture -- Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences -- Public Service and Agriculture (PSA)

Contact -- Halina Knap -- Telephone 864-656-3102

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