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Graduate Studies

The PLANT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT offers a Master of Science degree in both Horticulture and Plant and Environmental Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences. Students work with faculty on research projects focusing on varied topics such as:

  • Agronomy
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Turfgrass Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Landscape Management
  • Plant Genetics
  • Horticulture
  • Soil Science
  • Organic Practices
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Reclamation
  • Molecular Biology
  • Water Science
  • Nursery Management
  • Plant Breeding
  • Biofuel Feedstocks
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Students who pursue a graduate degree in the PLANT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT are well-rounded in science and prepared for careers in academia, government, and the business world. Their academic and professional development is achieved through hands-on-training in field and laboratory sciences, and mentoring relationships with talented, experienced professors.

The faculty and their students are asked to present their research at regional, national and international meetings. The research is published in highly respected journals, and eagerly adopted by progressive clientele. Much of this research is conducted with and by graduate students. Our faculty are great at what they do, which is balance the demands of academic instruction, graduate student training, research, and outreach. It is a great environment to Live, Learn, and Thrive.

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"The faculty are very approachable and enthusiastically support the students. I learned the technical skills I need for my current job."

-Cheryl Rosel, '06

 Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS






"One of the best experiences of my life and certainly the very best academic experience."

-Eric Votava, '00

Senior Plant Breeder

Pybas Vegetable Seed

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"The PES graduate degree was very comprehensive, practical and useful for my career goal."

-Jit Baral, '03

Pepper Breeder

Campbell Soup Company