Plant Science

Department Head

Professor Richard McAvoy


Auer, Berkowitz, Brand, Guillard, Li, McAvoy, Morris

Associate Professor

Alexopoulos, Henderson, Kuzkovkina-Eischen, Lubell-Brand, Miniutti, Schulthess, Schwab, Westa

Assistant Professors

Inguagiato, Legrand,  Raudales, Wang

The Department of Plant Science offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Agronomy & Turfgrass Science; Horticulture (including plant biotechnology); Soil Science; and M.S in Landscape Architecture. The M.S. program is available with either a thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis (Plan B) option, although most students are admitted under Plan A. Research areas are highly diverse and continuously developing. Prospective applicants should check the department website ( for current information on faculty research.

All applicants must provide results of the Graduate Record Examination general tests and three letters of recommendation with their application.

Students with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be expected to include preparatory coursework in their plan of study. All M.S. students must enroll in at least one semester of PLSC 5897, Graduate Seminar.

Applicants for the Ph.D. program should have adequate training and experience to enable them to perform independent research. Required coursework will depend on the nature of the research project and the student’s background. A minimum of two years of full-time study beyond the master’s degree (or equivalent) is expected. All Ph.D. students must enroll in at least two semesters of PLSC 5897, Graduate Seminar.

Special Facilities

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture has research facilities in several buildings and field locations. Several faculty laboratories are located in the college’s Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory. The Department also operates the University Plant Biotechnology Facility and the Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory that can be utilized for research purposes. The Plant Science Research Farm and Nursery is located within one mile of the main campus and contains 160 acres (65 hectares) and a small greenhouse range that are available for field research projects. The Floriculture greenhouse on the main campus provides about 15,000 square feet (1400 square meters) of growing area. Additional greenhouse space is available at the Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory and the Plant Biotechnology Facility.

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