Plant and Soil Sciences, MS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2019-2020. Learn more about Graduate College Academic Regulation 7.0.

Total Hours: 30 Hours

Course Requirements
Select 24 hours from the following:24
A minimum of 15 hours of 5000-level or higher courses that include:
Graduate Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Professional Development Colloquium in Plant and Soil Sciences
Problems and Special Study
Select 9 hours of MATH (including 3 hours of STAT):
No more than 9 credit hours of 3000- or 4000-level coursework approved for graduate credit.
Recommended courses at the discretion of the graduate committee that students emphasizing soil science should complete 4 of the 5 courses listed below (or equivalent) during their undergraduate or graduate programs:
Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification
Soil Nutrient Management
Soil Chemistry and Environmental Quality
Soil Chemical Processes and Impact on Environmental Quality
Soil, Water, and Weather
Soil Physics Theory
Soil Microbiology
A student may take a maximum of 3 research credit hours. Research hours are to be taken to document student effort in areas not associated with the students thesis. All students must indicate on their Plan of Study whether or not their research will involve human subjects. If human subjects are to be used, approval must be received from the Institutional Research Board (IRB) prior to the beginning of the research.
Hours Subtotal24
PLNT 5000Master's Thesis6
or SOIL 5000 Master’s Thesis
Hours Subtotal6
Total Hours30

General Graduate College Requirements

  • A minimum Grade-Point-Average of 3.00 is required
  • A minimum Grade of "C" is required in all degree applicable courses
  • No courses utilizing the Pass-No Pass grading system are permitted
  • GRAD 5082 or GRAD 5092 may not be used to meet degree requirements

Additional Graduate College Masters Degree Requirements

Plan I (coursework with thesis)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours
    • A minimum of 24 coursework credit hours comprised of:
      • 6 research or creative component credit hours
      • 21 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer hours with "B" or better)
      • 21 credit hours at 5000- or 6000-level

Plan II (coursework without thesis)

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours
    • A maximum of 3 credit hours of research or creative component
    • A minimum of 23 in-residence credit hours (maximum of 9 transfer credit hours with "B" or better)
    • A minimum of 21 credit hours at the 5000- or 6000-level