Plant & Soil Sciences
The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Crop Science or Soil Science. For students desiring broader training in production agriculture, the Master of Agriculture degree is offered with options in Plant Science and Soil Science.
The Department offers programs of study and research in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Crop Biochemistry and Physiology, Crop and Forage Ecology Production-Management, Crop Quality and Utilization, Weed Science, Energy Crop Production and Utilization, Alternative Crops and in the Soil Science disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Management, Microbiology, Fertility and Plant Nutrition, and Genesis and Morphology. Strong emphasis is placed on water quality and environmental issues.
Plant and Soil Sciences graduate programs are strongly supported by other departments to ensure well-rounded and thorough training. Departments in which Plant and Soil Sciences graduate students frequently receive training and/or cooperate in research efforts include: Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Botany, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Environmental Sciences, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Mathematics, Microbiology, NREM, Molecular Biology, and Statistics.
To be eligible for gradate work in the Department, a student must be admitted to the Oklahoma State University Graduate College. Admission forms may be obtained from the Department or the Graduate College. For admission, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a scholastic record and other evidence indicating that he or she is capable of doing satisfactory graduate work. Normally, a minimum 3.0 grade point average (where 4.0 = A) is required. Applicants whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on probation.
Entrance examinations are not required for admission to the Graduate College but GRE scores are preferred by the Department. Graduate students are selected on the basis of evidence of competence. Any deficiencies in background for a particular area of specialization must be made up to the satisfaction of the major professor and the student's advisory committee. International students must show evidence of competency in English before admission. A score of 79 or more on the TOEFL test or 6.5 on the IELTS (Academic Stream) is required.
The applicant also must be accepted by the Department as part of the admission process. Some qualified applicants may not be accepted because there may not be a vacancy in the particular area of specialization or because of inadequate financial resources to support thesis research. All graduate students, regardless of funding source, are expected to devote time to approved Experiment Station projects to gain practical experience.
Half-time assistantships are available. The stipend for half-time research and teaching assistantships on a 12-month basis is $14,848 for M.S. And $17,537 for Ph.D. candidates. Graduate assistants devote at least half-time on approved experiment station projects and/or resident instruction. A portion of the work may contribute to the thesis problem. Half-time assistants may enroll in a maximum of 10 credit hours per semester.
Out-of-state tuition is waived for students on assistantships. Graduate fee waiver scholarships are awarded each semester to a limited number of students based on present and potential scholastic performance and need. A variety of other scholarships and fellowships are also available to highly qualified students.
Graduate Faculty List
Michael Anderson, Ph.D. (Univ. of Minnesota) Plant Biochemistry
Brian Arnall, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State Univ.) Soil Fertility
J.C. Banks, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State Univ.) Cotton Management
John Caddel, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State Univ.) Alfalfa Breeding and Management
Brian Carter, Ph.D. (Penn. State Univ.) Soil Morphology
Brett Carver, Ph.D. (N.C. State Univ.) Wheat Genetics
Shiping Deng, Ph.D. (Iowa State Univ.) Soil Biochemistry
Kefyalew Desta, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State Univ.) Sustainable Agriculture
Jeff Edwards, Ph.D. (Univ. of Arkansas) Crop Physiology
Chad Godsey, Ph.D. (Kansas State Univ.) Cropping Systems
Jeffory Hattey, Ph.D. (Univ. of Arkansas) Soil Science
Gopal Kakani, Ph.D. (Univ. Of Reading, UK) Crop Physiology and Modeling
Arthur Klatt, Ph.D. (Colorado State Univ.) Wheat Breeding
Sarah Lancaster, Ph.D. (Texas A&M Univ.) Plant Science and Youth Development
Bjorn Martin, Ph.D. (Univ. Umea, Sweden) Stress Physiology
Don Murray, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State Univ.) Row Crop Weed Science
Tyson Ochsner, Ph.D. (Iowa State Univ.) Soil Science and Water Resources
Thomas Peeper, Ph.D. (NC State Univ.) Small Grains Weed Science
Chad Penn, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech) Soil and Environmental Chemistry
David Porter, Ph.D. (Texas Tech. Univ.) Wheat Genetics - Department Head
Bill Raun, Ph.D. (Univ. of Nebraska) Soil Fertility
Daren Redfearn, Ph.D. (Univ. of Nebraska) Forage and Pasture Management
Jason Warren, Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.) Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
Yanqi Wu, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State Univ.) Plant Breeding and Genetics
Liuling Yan, Ph.D. (Victoria Univ., Australia) Wheat Molecular Genetic and Breeding
Hailin Zhang, Ph.D. (Univ. of Minnesota) Soil Fertility/Chemistry