MS in Organic & Sustainable Horticulture

Pepper Plant; Photo Credit Austin Meier

Pepper Plant; Photo Credit Austin Meier

The Master of Science in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production is designed to provide students with an introduction to the scientific research process and the opportunity to complete an integrated research project relevant to the increasingly complex organic industry. This degree offers more focused coursework and a research project designed to explore the areas of organic and sustainable production.  Below is a brief outline of the degree requirements. For more detailed information, please refer to the Horticulture Master’s Program Handbook (effective Fall 2014).*

Degree Requirements

30 Credits Minimum

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits.  Students who did not major in plant sciences as an undergraduate may be required to complete additional foundation courses in the biological and physical sciences.

18 Graduate-Level Credits Completed in Residence

Graduate-level Credits are earned by completing courses numbered 300 and higher. Special Problems (e.g. Hort 699) and Research (e.g. Hort 990) may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Master’s Thesis approved by the student’s Master’s Committee

A minimum of 6 credits of Research (e.g. Hort 990) and a thesis based on original research related to organic systems are required.

Completion of the Recommended Curriculum

All deviations from the recommended curriculum listed below must be approved by the student’s Master’s Committee.

Recommended Curriculum

A. Ecology (one course required)

  • Agroecology 701: The Farm as a Socioenvironmental Endeavor – Fall , Spring
  • Agroecology 702: The Multifunctionality of Agriculture – Fall
  • Forest and Wildlife Ecology/Botany 460: General Ecology – Spring

B. Horticulture (one course required)

  • Horticulture 345: Fruit Crop Production- Spring even years
  • Horticulture 370: World Vegetable Crops – Fall

C. Plant Pathology (one course required)

  • Plant Pathology 300: Introduction to Plant Pathology – Fall
  • Plant Pathology 517: Plant Disease Resistance – Fall even years
  • Plant Pathology 559: Diseases of Economic Plants – Summer odd years

D. Agronomy and Entomology (one course required)

  • Agronomy 328: Integrated Weed Management – Fall
  • Entomology 450: Basic and Applied Insect Ecology – Fall odd years

E. Soil Science (one course required)

  • Soil Science 323: Soil Biology – Fall
  • Soil Science 326: Plant Nutrition Management – Spring

F. Statistics (one course required)

  • Statistics 571: Statistical Methods for Bioscience I – Fall

G. Seminar (one credit hour required)

  • Agroecology 710: Agroecology Seminar – Fall
  • Horticulture 372: Colloquium in Organic Agriculture – Spring
  • Horticulture 374: Tropical Horticulture – Fall

H. Research (6cr. required)

  • Hort 990: Research

*These requirements apply to all students who began their master’s program in Fall 2014 or after. All other Master’s students should refer to either the Horticulture Masters Handbook (2012) or the 1997 Graduate Handbook.