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Plant Biology Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Plant Biology

Program Description

In addition to studying a major subject in the Field of Plant Biology, students also take course work in two other minor subjects of their choice, either in or outside the field. The field has no language requirement.

Students who want to major in plant ecology are encouraged to apply through the Field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Research facilities:
The field provides equipment and expertise in all research programs related to the special interests of the faculty. Instrumentation of modern molecular and biochemical techniques, visible and electron microscopy, biological spectrometry, and computing equipment are available. Growth chambers, cell culture and transformation facilities, greenhouses, and field plots are also readily available. Wiegand Herbarium, adjacent to the Plant Science Building, houses one of the nation's major systematics resources.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-4075

412 Mann Library Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • cytology
  • paleobotany
  • plant biochemistry
  • plant cell biology
  • plant ecology
  • plant molecular biology
  • plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics
  • plant physiology
  • systematic botany



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Applicants are required to submit scores on the GRE general test and are advised to submit scores on the GRE subject test in biology. On the general test, successful applicants usually have a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 1200. Foreign applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. Prospective applicants are encouraged to correspond with faculty members in their area of interest. Additional details, including descriptions of courses available in the field, can be obtained from the graduate field office.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in biology advised
  • TOEFL minimum score (Internet-based) -- Writing: 20; Listening: 15; Reading: 20; Speaking 22


Learning Outcomes

Learn more about the assessment plan for the graduate field of plant biology.