We offer graduate degrees in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture
- Master of Science Plan A – thesis (30 credits)
Plan A requires data collection and analysis based on laboratory or field research.
- Master of Science Plan B – non-thesis (33 credits)
Plan B requires a paper based on library research.
- Ph.D. (72 credits) 30 credits from transfer
Topics for thesis or dissertation research are determined through consultation with the student's adviser and graduate advisory committee. Research may have a commodity focus (e.g. floriculture, landscape, nursery, pomology, turf, vegetable crops, viticulture), but should also have a discipline (e.g. plant physiology, environmental and soil sciences, plant genetics, plant biochemistry, landscape design/planning) emphasis.
Areas of specialization and strength in the Department include environmental stresses, plant breeding/germplasm biodiversity/conservation, greenhouse crop production, irrigation management, postharvest physiology/senescence, plant antioxidants/ free radical scavenging, dietary intervention /cancer prevention, root elicitation /bioactive compounds, rhizosphere biology, plant secondary metabolism, sustainable design /planning, and tissue culture, among others. There is ample opportunity to obtain multidisciplinary research training encompassing collaboration with programs in biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, plant biotechnology, plant physiology, natural resources, storm-water engineering and construction management.
Possible areas of focus for horticulture graduate degrees - and corresponding advisors:
- Bioactive plant components-- Dr. Jorge Vivanco
- Dietary intervention/cancer prevention-- Dr. Henry Thompson
- Ecophysiology-- Dr. Bill Bauerle
- Environmental and stress physiology--Dr. Bill Bauerle
- Floriculture-- Dr. Steve Newman
- Fruit-- Dr. Harrison Hughes
- Germplasm conservation-- Dr. Harrison Hughes
- Greenhouse technology-- Dr. Steve Newman
- Landscape ecology-- Dr. Patrick Martin
- Landscape/ornamental plants-- Dr. Jim Klett
- Landscape water conservation/xeriscapes-- Dr. Jim Klett, Dr. Tony Koski,
or Dr. Yaling Qian
- Organic/sustainable production/vegetable-- Dr. Frank Stonaker
- Plant antioxidants--
- Plant tissue culture-- Dr. Harrison Hughes
- Potato Breeding-- Dr. Dave Holm
- Potato Certification-- Dr. Rob Davidson
- Potato Production Management-- Dr. Samuel Essah
- Potato Storage Physiology-- Dr. Sastry Jayanty
- Rhizosphere biology/ecology-- Dr. Jorge Vivanco
- Turfgrass science-- Dr. Tony Koski or Dr. Yaling Qian
- Viticulture/Enology-- Dr. Horst Caspari and Dr. Stephen Menke
Master of Landscape Architecture
For The MLA at CSU accomodates those receiving their first professional degree (MLA-I) or their second professional degree (MLA-II) in landscape architecture. For additional information please see the Master of Landscape Architecture website.