Master's Degree Plans

Hort & Agronomy Graduate Group


REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETING THE MASTER'S DEGREE

The Graduate Group in Horticulture and Agronomy designates its master's degree as a Master of Science (M.S.).  Students may select Plan I or Plan II as described below.  Students will choose one of the following options in which to focus their course work and research:
 Agronomy, Environmental Horticulture, Pomology, Vegetable Crops, Viticulture, or Weed Science

Plan I students will select specific courses with guidance from the Graduate Adviser in consultation with the Major Professor.  Plan II students will select specific courses in consultation with the Graduate Adviser.  Within an option, the student can specialize in one of a number of areas; some suggested specializations are:

 Agroecology, Biotechnology, Breeding and Genetics for Crop Improvement, Crop Physiology,
Crop Production, Floriculture, Landscape Horticulture, Modeling and Quantitative Horticulture,
Nursery Production, Pest Management, Plant Growth and Development, Plant Nutrition,
Postharvest Physiology, Revegetation/Restoration, and Water Relations


Plan I

A miminum of thirty (30) units of upper division and graduate courses and a thesis are required.  At least 12 of the 30 units must be in graduate courses in the major field.  Courses are selected with the advice and consent of the student's Graduate Adviser and the Major Professor who is Chair of the Thesis Committee which is nominated by the Graduate Advisor and officially appointed by the Graduate Dean.  The thesis will be based on experimental research.


Plan II

A minimum of thirty-six (36) units of upper division and graduate course work and a comprehensive final examination are required.  At least 18 of the 36 units must be earned in graduate courses in the major field; no more than 9 of these 18 may be in research (299) courses.  The group requires a minimum of 6 units of original research with a written report submitted to the Graduate Adviser.  Courses are selected with the advice and consent of the student's Graduate Adviser.  A faculty committee of three (3) is nominated by the Graduate Adviser and appointed by the Graduate Dean to administer the exam. 

Master's Plan II Guidelines


COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Course Number     Course Name    Units 
Quarter
Offered
Core Courses:
HRT 200A/298      Integrative Horticulture & Agronomy - Principles
4
Fall
HRT 203      Research Perspectives in Horticulture
3
Winter
HRT 200B/298      Integrative Horticulture & Agronomy - Practices
4
Spring
HRT 290      Introductory Seminar
1
Spring
  
Ecology:
One course to broaden the student's background in ecology, selected in
consultation with the student's Graduate Adviser, generally from the following:
     ECL 216      Ecology and Agriculture
3
Fall, even years
     PBI 210      Plant Ecophysiology
3
Winter, odd years
     PLB/EVE 117      Plant Ecology
4
Fall
     PLS/PLB 147      Plant Communities of California
3-4
Spring
     PLS 150      Sustainability and Agroecosystem Management
4
Spring
     PLS 162      Urban Ecology
3
Winter
     PLS 163
     ECL 201
     Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology
4
Winter

Research Methods and Analysis:
Required for Plan I students and recommended for Plan II students, especially those planning to pursue a research-related career, one course on research methods and analysis, generally from the following:
     PLS 205      Experimental Design and Analysis
4
Winter
     PLS 206      Multivariate Systems and Modeling
4
Fall
     ECL 206      Concepts and Methods in Plant Community Ecology
4
Fall, even years

Graduate Seminars:   Three additional seminars, including at least one seminar outside the student's area of specialization

Research:   6 units minimum

Options:   The number of courses to be taken for the option may vary, but should include at least one graduate course.  See Suggested Courses List by Course and Suggested Courses by Topic for examples of courses that might be used to satisfy course requirements for your option. Courses should be selected after consulting with your Graduate Adviser and Major Professor.


MS Study Plan Forms:    Excel    pdf

MS Plan II Comprehensive Exam Committee Approval Form

lfbrown@ucdavis.edu