Graduate Programs

The Graduate Program of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching, extension, industry, and management of agronomic enterprises. Members of the faculty have expertise in biological sciences, biotechnology, cereal chemistry, crop breeding and genetics, cooperative extension technology, crop physiology, cytogenetics, ecosystem management, environmental physics, environmental sciences, environmental soil science, environmental toxicology, genetics, invasive weed species, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, physical sciences, plant physiology, protein chemistry, quantitative plant genetics, soil chemistry, soil fertility, soil genesis and classification, soil hydrological sciences, soil microbiology, soil mineralogy, soil physics, turfgrass science, turfgrass management, urban ecosystem management, water quality, watershed management, and weed science.

Program Area Degrees
Agronomy M.S., Ph.D.
Food Science and Technology* M.S., Ph.D.
Genetics* M.S., Ph.D.
Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences* M.S., Ph.D.
Plant Breeding M.S., Ph.D.
Plant Breeding – Distance Education M.S., Ph.D.
Soil Science M.S., Ph.D.
Water Management and Hydrologic Science M.S., Ph.D.

For more information contact LeAnn Hague.

Requirements leading to the Master of Science degree :

  • 32 graduate credit hours beyond the B.S. degree; general requirements are:
    1. 23 course hours approved by the student’s advisory committee and the Office of Graduate Studies
    2. One course (minimum of 3 hrs.) in statistics
    3. Graduate seminar (1 hr.)
    4. No more than 8 hours of SCSC 691 (Research) or SCSC 685 (Directed Studies)
    5. No more than 9 hours of upper level (300 and 400) undergraduate courses and no graduate credit for the following courses required for a B.S. degree: SCSC 101 SCSC 105 SCSC 301
    6. See Graduate Catalog for additional requirements.
  • A thesis written on original research as directed by student’s advisory committee.

Requirements leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree:

  • 64 graduate credit hours beyond the M.S. degree; general requirements are:
    1. No set number of course hours is required; however, most committee chairs and advisory committees demand from 32 to 40 semester hours of classroom study, which usually includes courses in fields other than agronomy
    2. Graduate seminar (1 hr.)
    3. Students who accumulate more that 99 semester credit hours may be required to pay out-of-state tuition on any additional hours.
    4. See Graduate Catalog for additional comments.
  • A dissertation written on original research as directed by the student’s advisory committee.

For more information contact LeAnn Hague – 979-845-6148 or


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