Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

CROP SCIENCE

The interdepartmental graduate program in Crop Science offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with areas in plant breeding and genetics, crop physiology and management, turf science, cellular and molecular genetics, seed science and technology, and weed science. Faculty are from the Departments of Agronomy, Forestry, and Horticulture in the College of Agriculture.

Admission Requirements

All students with strong training in science, including but not limited to baccalaureate degrees in biology, chemistry, agronomy and horticulture are encouraged to apply. An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 is generally required, and all applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination. Foreign students should submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Official copies of transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the Graduate School. To be considered for departmental research assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis, three letters of recommendation should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies.

In order that all entering Ph.D. students are at an academic level to successfully complete course requirements, the following courses or their equivalent should have been completed prior to admission:

• MA 113 _ first semester course in calculus

• PHY 201 _ first semester course in physics

• CHE 230 _ first semester course in organic chemistry

Students are expected to make up any deficiencies in these courses within one year of enrollment.

Degree Requirements

For the M.S. degree, 24 hours of course work plus an acceptable thesis are required (Plan A). Work leading to advanced degrees must conform to the general rules and regulations of the Graduate School. Crop Science faculty also participate in the interdepartmental Plant and Soil Science graduate program which offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science degree.

Individual programs are developed to include a strong course work component and a meaningful research experience. A strong undergraduate background in the agricultural and biological sciences is required for all degree candidates.

GRADUATE COURSES

PLS 502 ECOLOGY OF ECONOMIC PLANTS (3)

PLS 510 FORAGE MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION (4)

PLS 515 TURF MANAGEMENT (3)

PLS 556 SEED TECHNOLOGY (3)

PLS 597 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

PLS 599 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE (1-4)

PLS 601 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR GENETICS (1)

PLS 602 PRINCIPLES OF YIELD PHYSIOLOGY (3)

PLS 619 CYTOGENETICS (4)

PLS 620 PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (3)

PLS 622 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS I (3)

PLS 623 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS II (3)

PLS 630 EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES IN PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (3)

PLS 650 SOIL-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS (3)

PLS 657 SEED BIOLOGY (3)

PLS 658 ADVANCED WEED SCIENCE (4)

PLS 664 PLANT BREEDING I (3)

PLS 676 QUANTITATIVE INHERITANCE IN PLANT POPULATIONS (3)

PLS 697 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

PLS 732 MINERAL NUTRITION OF PLANTS (3)

PLS 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PLS 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

PLS 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

PLS 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

PLS 777 PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE SEMINAR (1)

PLS 773 SEMINAR IN PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (1)

PLS 799 RESEARCH IN PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE (1-4)

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