Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE

The Plant and Soil Science graduate program offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program is jointly administered by faculty from the Departments of Horticulture and Plant and Soil Science. Most of the graduate faculty in Plant and Soil Science also participate in doctoral programs in Crop Science, Plant Physiology or Soil Science, which are separately listed.

The program is designed to allow students to specialize in one of the diverse aspects of plant/soil systems; specialization areas include: Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Plant Physiology and Soil Science. The curriculum will accommodate the needs of students directed either towards further doctoral work and research careers, or towards post-M.S. employment in horticultural, crops or soils related professions.

Degree Requirements

Plan A requires the completion of 24 hours of graduate course work and submission of an approved thesis. Plan B substitutes an additional six hours of graduate credit for the thesis requirement. The core curriculum consists of disciplinary as well as basic science/research methods courses. Plan A requires twelve hours of designated core course work, (Plan B, fifteen hours) of which at least three-quarters must be at the 600-level or above, distributed in the following manner:

Disciplinary Courses

(Plan A: 6-9 credits; Plan B: 9-12 credits)

PLS 622 Physiology of Plants I 3

PLS 623 Physiology of Plants II 3

PLS 502 Ecology of Economic Plants 3

PLS 601 Special Topics in Molecular and Cellular Genetics 1

PLS 602 Principles of Yield Physiology 3

PLS 650 Soil-Plant Relationships 3

PLS 573 Soil Morphology and Classification 3

PLS 664 Plant Breeding I 3

PLS 772 Plant and Soil Science Seminar 1

Basic Science/Research Methods

(Plan A or B: 4-6 credits)

STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis 4

STA 671/672 Regression/Correlation/Design 4

Area of Specialization

At least twelve credit hours of graduate courses (fifteen hours for Plan B) are required which support the designated area of specialization: Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Plant Physiology, or Soil Science. Consult the Director of Graduate Studies for a listing of appropriate courses.

GRADUATE COURSES

PLS 450G BIOGEOCHEMISTRY (SAME AS NRC 450G) (3)

PLS 455G WETLAND DELINEATION (SAME AS NRC 455G) (3)

PLS 456G CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS (SAME AS NRG 456G) (3)

PLS 468G SOIL USE AND MANAGEMENT (3)

PLS 470G SOIL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT (3)

PLS 477G LAND TREATMENT OF WASTE (SAME AS NRC 477G) (3)

PLS 501 RECLAMATION OF DISTURBED LAND (3)

PLS 502 ECOLOGY OF ECONOMIC PLANTS (3)

PLS 510 FORAGE MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION (3)

PLS 514 GRASS TAXONOMY AND IDENTIFICATION (3)

PLS 515 TURF MANAGEMENT (3)

PLS 520 VEGETABLE CROP MANAGEMENT (3)

PLS 525 GREENHOUSE FLORAL CROP MANAGEMENT (3)

PLS 531 FIELD SCHOOLS IN CROP PEST MANAGEMENT (2)

PLS 556 SEED PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY (3)

PLS 564 FOREST SOILS (SAME AS FOR 564) (3)

PLS 566 SOIL MICROBIOLOGY (3)

PLS 567 METHODS IN SOIL MICROBIOLOGY (1)

PLS 573 SOIL MORPHOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATION (3)

PLS 575 SOIL PHYSICS (3)

PLS 576 LABORATORY IN SOIL PHYSICS (1)

PLS 581 CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF SOILS AND PLANTS (4)

PLS 582 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN HORTICULTURE (1-4)

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

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

PLS 601 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR GENETICS (SAME AS BIO/BCH/MI/PPA 601) (1)

PLS 602 PRINCIPLES OF YIELD PHYSIOLOGY (3)

PLS 605 PHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS IN HORTICULTURAL PLANTS (3)

PLS 609 PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY (SAME AS BCH/PPA 609) (3)

PLS 620 PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (SAME AS BIO 620) (3)

PLS 622 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS I (SAME AS FOR/BIO 622) (3)

PLS 623 PHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS II (SAME AS FOR/BIO 623) (3)

PLS 640 IDENTIFICATION OF PLANT DISEASES (SAME AS PPA 640) (3)

PLS 650 SOIL-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS (3)

PLS 657 SEED BIOLOGY (3)

PLS 658 ADVANCED WEED SCIENCE (4)

PLS 660 ADVANCED SOIL BIOLOGY (2)

PLS 664 PLANT BREEDING I (3)

PLS 671 SOIL CHEMISTRY (4)

PLS 676 QUANTITATIVE INHERITANCE IN PLANT POPULATIONS (SAME AS STA 676) (3)

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

PLS 712 ADVANCED SOIL FERTILITY (4)

PLS 721 PEDOGENIC PROCESSES (4)

PLS 741 CLAY MINERALOGY (SAME AS GLY 741) (3)

PLS 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PLS 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

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

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

PLS 772 PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE SEMINAR (1)

PLS 790 RESEARCH IN HORTICULTURE (1-4)

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

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