The Department of Biological and Environmental Science offers both Master of Science (M.S) and Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Plant and Soil Science. Both programs derive their principal impetus from the strong commitment to research of the Department's faculty and research staff. The M.S degree in Plant and Soil Science is designed to further the specialized professional training of the students through formal courses while at the same time teaching the student how to conduct research and present pertinent results in the form of seminars and/or published journal articles.
The Ph.D. program is designed to meet specific career objectives of the students. This degree focuses on research, which must reflect the student's original thinking and should demonstrate the ability of independent investigation.
In both of these degree programs, students may specialize in one of the following areas: Plant Breeding, Tissue Culture, Biotechnology, Plant Genetics and Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics, Crop Production, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, Medicinal Plants, Bioenergy, Seed Science and Technology, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Forestry, Environmental Science, Remote Sensing, Hydrology, Soil Chemistry, Soil Physics, Soil Fertility, Soil Microbiology or Soil Genesis, Morphology and Conservation, and Geostatistics. In addition to selected courses in the department, students take courses in related subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Food Science and Agricultural Economics.
In addition, a specialization/minor is offered in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – The minor RS/GIS prepares students for current modern trends in geospatial technology, computerized mapping, digital image processing and spatial analysis. It incorporates dynamic changes in current advances in spatial sciences and technology and provides students in-depth training in the use of GIS and remote sensing technology and application of geospatial data processing methods to environmental problem solving. The students that complete the requirement enhance significantly their employment opportunities especially in environmental consultation agencies, mapping technology industry and surveying. The minor pertains to any natural resource fields such as geology, biology as well as social studies and business.
For more information, please read the departmental graduate handbook.