The Division of Plant Sciences offers graduate programs leading to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in Plant, Insect and Microbial Sciences. A student can select training from a wide range of courses and research programs to prepare for a career in research, teaching, industry and extension work.
The Division of Plant Sciences maintains excellent graduate programs with classroom instruction and research supervision provided by leading scientists in the field. A student can select training in one of several Graduate Program Areas. Students can follow a traditional curriculum or take advantage of the cross-disciplinary expertise that exists within the Division.
The Crop, Soil and Pest Management graduate program area prepares students for careers in research, teaching, extension, production agriculture and related industries. Current research programs emphasize soil and nutrient management, forage management, cereal and oil seed crop production, alternative crops, cropping systems, weed management, integrated pest management and precision agriculture. Many degree programs are cross-disciplinary to give students a comprehensive view of the field.
Within the Entomology graduate program area, a student can select training from a wide range of courses and research programs to prepare for a career in any of the many areas of professional entomology. Current research programs emphasize the following areas: ecology, pest management, insect behavior, biochemistry, morphology, molecular biology, physiology and systematics, as well as aquatic, forest, horticultural and urban entomology, chemical ecology, biological and chemical control, host-plant interactions, and integrated pest management.
The Horticulture graduate program area provides a meaningful educational opportunity for the student with career interests in any of the many fields of the diverse discipline of horticulture. The program addresses applied issues related to solving immediate production problems and basic questions related to plant biology. Current research programs emphasize turfgrass management, ornamental horticulture, tree fruit and nut management. Programs of studies often involve horticulture, agriculture education, agroforestry, food science or molecular biology.
Understanding the fundamental concepts of plant biology and genetics is essential to providing solutions to the wide array of problems in food, fiber and energy production that are facing the growing world population. In the Plant Biology and Genetics graduate program area, students receive a broad-based training in plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, plant-microbe interactions, breeding and biotechnology. We encourage interdisciplinary training that provides a comprehensive preparation for careers in plant biology, genetics and related areas.
Many of us take for granted the fact that we have a safe, abundant food supply. In many parts of the world, however, plant diseases, drought and other, biotic and abiotic stresses, can be devastating not only to plants themselves, but to the humans who rely on them. Through the study of plant responses to the environment, to plant pathogens, and plant pests, we help find solutions to these important problems. We also recognize that plant-associated microbes can have beneficial effects. We seek to educate graduate students for careers in molecular plant stress interactions, plant pathology and related areas.