Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Graduate Study

The Department of Plant Biology is administered jointly by the College of Natural Science and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The department offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with majors in plant biology. Those programs are referenced below. The department also offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs with majors in plant breeding and genetics—botany and plant pathology through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For information about those programs, refer to the statement on the Department of Plant Biology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources section of this catalog.


Plant Biology - Master of Science

Graduate students in plant biology may emphasize one or more of a number of special areas, including anatomy, bryology, cell biology, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, morphology, mycology, paleobotany, physiology, and taxonomy. Students are urged to take courses which provide a broad background in biological and physical sciences in addition to training in specialized areas.

Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Regular admission may be granted to those students who have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, a 3.00 grade–point average, one year each of chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and appropriate training in the biological sciences.

Provisional admission may be granted to those students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Plant Biology

The master's degree program in plant biology is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). The student's program of study is arranged by a guidance committee which includes the major professor.

For either Plan A or Plan B, the student must complete at least 30 credits including:

  1. Both of the following courses:
    PLB    801    Foundations of  Plant Biology  (3)
    PLB    804    Frontiers in Plant Biology  (2)
  2. Acquire teaching experience by assisting in at least one course.
  3. Completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop series offered by The Graduate School.

A reading knowledge of a foreign language may be required.

 


Plant Biology - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Regular admission may be granted to those students who have a master’s degree or its equivalent, a 3.00 grade–point average, and appropriate training in the biological sciences.  Outstanding students without a master’s degree may be accepted.

Provisional admission may be granted to those students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Plant Biology

All doctoral students in plant biology must meet the requirements specified below:

               
1. Complete the following courses:  
  a. Both of the following courses:  
    PLB 801 Foundations in Plant Biology 3
    PLB 804 Frontiers in Plant Biology 2
  b. Completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop series offered by The Graduate School.  
  c. One of the following courses:  
    CMB 800 Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar 1
    ENT 812 Graduate Seminar 1
    FW 893 Seminar in Fisheries and Wildlife 1
    GEN 800 Genetics Seminar 1
    GEO 874 Seminar in Geographic Information Science 3
    HRT 892 Plant Breeding and Genetics Seminar 1
    PLP 894 Seminar in Plant Pathology 1
    ZOL 891 Current Topics in Ecology and Evolution 1
    ZOL 895 Seminar 1
2. Pass a preliminary examination.  
3. Acquire teaching experience by assisting in two courses.  
4. Pass a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.  

 Additional requirements, such as reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages, may be specified.