Our department offers the master of science and the doctor of philosophy degrees in the plant and soil sciences. Two graduate areas exist in the department, namely: (1) plant science which includes the areas of plant molecular biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant tissue culture, landscape design, horticulture, crop science, plant anatomy and plant physiology; and (2) soil science which includes soil chemistry, soil fertility and management, soil physics, soil microbiology and biochemistry, environmental microbiology, soil and water quality, and soil formation and biogeochemistry. Our graduate faculty are recognized experts in their fields of study and deeply dedicated to providing comprehensive mentorship to their students. In addition to offering thesis and dissertation based degrees at the M.S. and Ph.D levels, our department offers both a non-thesis M.S. degree and allows students to pursue the M.S. degree on a part-time basis, the latter being particularly suited to individuals already in the workforce.