We are committed to graduate education in applied and basic plant sciences, as well as to providing experiences in instruction and grant writing towards producing competitive students well-prepared for careers in the plant sciences.
Graduate training includes classroom instruction, seminars designed to hone oral and written skills, and meaningful experience in laboratory and field research techniques. Departmental diversity encourages collaborations among disciplines and research programs that inform graduate training.
The Plant Science Department is an integrated department that includes programs in crop production, plant breeding, entomology, plant pathology, soils, GIS, water management, weed science, and biotechnology. The primary goals of the department are to conduct research in the above areas, to disseminate the research to the public, and to help prepare students for quality lives which includes preparation for an occupation in one or more of the below-mentioned disciplines.
A student with a research project which combines the emphasis of different departments may elect with the approval of the advisor to option for a M.S. or Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. The area of biotechnology is included in this cross disciplinary emphasis.