Plant Biology

Degrees Offered:
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Plant Biology 









M. E. Daub, Department Head

Director of Graduate Programs:
R. L. Blanton, Box 7612, 919/513-2181,, Plant Biology

Bayer Environmental Science Professor of Sustainable Development:
 T. W. Rufty
Distinguished University:
 W. F. Thompson
Philip Morris Professor:
 R. E. Dewey
University Faculty Scholar:
 J. M. Alonso,  A. M. Grunden
William Neal Reynolds:
 R. S. Boston,  J. M. Burkholder,  M. E. Daub,  L. K. Hanley,  J. B. Ristaino

Professors: R. L. Blanton, C. S. Brown, C. H. Haigler, S. Hu, J. E. Mickle, R. Qu, T. R. Wentworth, R. W. Whetten, Q. Xiang; USDA Professors: K. O. Burkey; Emeritus Named Professors: W. F. Boss; Emeritus Professors: N. S. Allen, U. Blum, E. Davies, R. J. Downs, R. C. Fites, J. W. Hardin, J. F. Thomas, C. G. VanDyke, E. A. Wheeler; Associate Professors: R. G. Franks, W. A. Hoffmann, M. Pierce, D. Xie; Research Associate Professors: I. Y. Perera; Emeritus USDA Professors: W. W. Heck; Emeritus Associate Professors: H. V. Amerson; Assistant Professors: C. J. Doherty, T. Hsieh, A. Krings, X. Li, T. A. Long, R. Sozzani; Research Assistant Professors: C. H. Saravitz; Teaching Associate Professors: S. B. Carson, C. V. Jordan; Teaching Assistant Professors: J. M. De Gezelle

Fields of Graduate Instruction - Plant Biology

Course offerings or research facilities are available in the following areas: plant cell biology, cellular imaging, cellulose biology, cellular signaling, plant development, plant hormones, epigenetics, plant systems biology, plant genetic engineering, transgene regulation and silencing, stress biology, chemical genomics, plant gravitational genomics, phytochemistry, metabolic engineering, plant-fungal interactions, aquatic ecology, toxic dinoflagellates, endangered species, plant community ecology, physiological ecology, tropical ecology, paleobotany, plant systematics, evolution of flowering plants, ethnobotany.

Admission Requirements:  Students entering the graduate program in plant biology should have a bachelor's degree in plant biology or a related undergraduate program that includes biological, physical and mathematical science training including undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, calculus and genetics, as well as biology.  All applications are screened by a departmental committee, and the best qualified applicants will be accepted until all available spaces are filled. 

Master's and Doctoral Degree Requirements: The M.S. requires a total of 30 credit hours (20 of the 30 credit hours must be from 500-, 600-, 700/800-level courses; 18 credit hours must be letter graded); the Master of Plant Biology requires a total of 36 credit hours. The Ph.D. requires a total of 72 credit hours. Two core courses (Functional Plant Biology and either Plant Functional Ecology or Systematic Botany) are required. Other requirements include: a Plant Biology Colloquium, Plant Anatomy, an additional plant biology course, a graduate statistics course, a graduate ethics course, a thesis (for the Ph.D. and M.S., but not the Master of Plant Biology), a comprehensive examination (Ph.D.), oral thesis defense and a one-semester teaching responsibility per degree. Students must maintain a "B" average in all course work.

Other Relevant Information: Graduate research and teaching assistantships and tuition remission information are available from the department. New students supported by departmental research/teaching assistantships may elect to rotate through three laboratories during their first semester. At the end of the semester, they will choose a laboratory for their research activities consistent with their interests and available research projects. Provisions are available for cooperative research in more than one laboratory. Graduate students are expected to attend and participate in the seminar program every semester they are in residence. The department participates in training grants in biotechnology.

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