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Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) - Plant Molecular Biology Specialization

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Help improve tomorrow's agricultural practices.

The Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department is an integrated department that includes programs in crop production, entomology, horticulture, plant biotechnology, plant breeding, plant pathology, precision farming, soils, water management and weed science. The primary goals of the department are to conduct research in these areas, to transmit the results to the public and to help prepare students for an occupation in these disciplines and to become productive members of a community. Graduate training includes classroom instruction, teaching experience, seminars designed to refine oral and written skills and meaningful experience in laboratory and field research techniques. Departmental diversity encourages collaborations among disciplines and research programs that support this graduate training.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate or master's degree in agriculture, biology, botany, horticulture, agriculture, environmental science, natural resources or other related field.
  • Have a strong interest in advancing the field of plant science.
  • Want to lead research in the lab and out in the field.
  • Can think critically and creatively about complex problems.

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural consultant (domestic or international)
  • Agricultural chemical researcher or sales manager
  • Commercial crop or greenhouse manager
  • Food processing scientist
  • Plant biotechnologist
  • Plant breeder
  • Plant industry or biofuels researcher
  • Senior scientist or program leader for a federal or state agriculture, environmental quality or land management agency
  • University professor, research support scientist or extension educator