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.
Contact InformationWebsite: http://www.css.cals.cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3267
231 Emerson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
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 or IELTS Academic 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)
A candidate for a doctoral degree in Soil and Crop Sciences is expected to work independently and to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and leadership in the Field of Soil and Crop Sciences. Recipients of the doctoral degree will demonstrate the ability to initiate, lead and complete research in the field of soil and crop sciences. Candidates are expected to independently synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline in a timely fashion.
Demonstrate professional skills
Always maintain ethical standards in the discipline
Listen to, give, and receive feedback effectively
Mastery of advanced research skills
Recognize and apply fundamental concepts from soil and crop sciences
Synthesize existing knowledge by identifying and applying appropriate resources and critically analyzing and evaluating one’s own findings and those of others
Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
Communicate research findings through publishing in scholarly literature and oral presentations in professional settings
Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship
Show awareness of current scientific advances relevant to the field of Soil and Crop Sciences and show the ability to synthesize and discuss their implications to the Field and beyond
Show commitment to personal professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes
Show a commitment to support learning through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration
Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline
Think originally and independently to develop new concepts and methodologies
Identify new research opportunities
Apply research methodologies independently to generate new information and concepts of relevance to Soil and Crop Sciences