Soil and Crop Sciences, M.S./Ph.D. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
The Field of Soil and Crop Sciences occupies a modern and diversified agronomic research facility. An air-conditioned, eleven-story research tower and adjoining wings incorporate fully equipped laboratory, teaching, office, and supporting spaces. Growth chambers and greenhouses are on the campus, and there are three main field stations near Ithaca. Some members of the field are staff members at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health or the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, both of which are on campus.
Many of the faculty members have research programs concerning international agricultural and environmental issues in tropical and subtropical regions. A limited number of students can do most or all of their research overseas.
Field Crop Science covers a wide spectrum, from field-scale applied projects to cell physiology and biotechnology. Studies seek to improve crop productivity and quality, both nationally and internationally, and to identify physiological factors that could be improved through plant breeding or genetic engineering.
Soil Science focuses on the processes and properties of the soil environment. It emphasizes improving the suitability of soil for crop growth while preserving its value as a natural resource by using ecologically sound approaches.
Concentrations by Subject
- environmental information science
- field crop science
- soil science
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Dec. 1
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
- two recommendations
- GRE general test for U.S. applicants recommended (advised for non-U.S. citizens and all applicants seeking financial support)