Studies & Degrees in Plant Protection

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Are you a graduate student, perhaps with a bachelor degree in botany, horticulture or environmental science, and seeking an advanced program in which to focus your graduate studies?  Have you considered pursuing an upper-level degree in Plant Protection, a program that focuses on the application of scientific principles for curbing or eliminating the various threats to our plant population?  The Master of Science Degree in Plant Protection is a very interesting course of study; an ideal program for any graduate student, particularly those who are plant lovers or just interested in the science of plant behavior.  To give you a better idea about what this degree entails, below we have compiled a brief overview of the program, including a course description, a sample of some of the core and elective coursework, and the eligibility requirements for admission.
Master of Science Degree in Plant Protection:  Course Description
The Master of Science Degree in Plant Protection is a two to three-year graduate-level program that is currently being offered by hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world.  The main emphasis of the program lies in the use of scientific principles as a means to controlling animal and weed infestation of domesticated plant populations, including agricultural products.  It also focuses on the prevention/reduction of the economic loss that often accompanies these infestations and the control of environmental pollution and degradation related to pest infestation and pest control measures.  Students receive advanced instruction in topics such as entomology, applied animal sciences, plant pathology and physiology, weed science, crop science and environmental toxicology.
Master of Science Degree in Plant Protection:  Coursework and Eligibility
The M.S. program in Plant Protection allows students to develop core disciplinary knowledge and skills in plant protection, with an emphasis on tropical and subtropical aspects of the field.  Through the core and elective coursework that makes up the program, students can focus their studies in one of several key areas, including tropical pest management, agricultural entomology, plant pathology or weed science.  The goal is to produce graduates with a keen understanding of the principles and practical applications of Plant Protection—individuals with excellent communication and problem-solving skills who are able to work cooperatively with other team members in conducting field and laboratory research.  Some of the courses students will encounter as participants in the program include:
  • Plant-Microbe and Insect Interactions
  • Advanced Insect Identification and Taxonomy
  • Introduction to Plant Pathology
  • Principles of Weed Science
  • Terrestrial Arthropods
  • Principles of Integrated Plant Protection
  • Horticulture
  • Bio-se curity Plant Pests
  • Graduate Research Project
To be eligible to participate in the Master of Science Degree program in Plant Protection candidates must possess, at minimum, a bachelor degree in a related field (plant sciences, environmental sciences, botany, agriculture, horticulture, etc.), with a combined grade point average of 2.5 or better in all core and elective coursework.  Some institutions will also require two to three letters of recommendation, a personal interview with a panel of faculty and/or a passing score on the Graduate Record Examination or GRE (United States).