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MS Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences

Specific Credit Hour Requirements for Master of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences

Specific Credit Hour Requirements for Master of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences:

Credit hour requirements: To meet the graduation requirements a student must take a minimum of 30 credit hours of qualifying graduate approved coursework, including thesis hours, as approved by the student’s graduate committee as indicated below:

  1. 6 Thesis credit hours  (PLNT or SOIL 5000)
  2. 24 coursework credit hours including the following classes and  qualification:
    1. A minimum of 15 credit hours of courses 5000 and above including:
      1. 1 credit hour of Graduate Seminar (PLNT or SOIL 5020).
      2. 1 credit hour of Professional Development (Soil 5131)
      3. No more than 3 credit hours of Problems and Special Study courses (PLNT or SOIL 5110 or 6110)
    2. Each student must complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours of mathematics including at least three (3) credit hours of statistics, on the combined Bachelor's and Master's degree programs.
    3. No more than 9 credit hours of 3000 or 4000 level course work approved for graduate credit (those listed in the OSU catalog with an asterisk (*))
    4. It is recommended at the discretion of the graduate committee that students emphasizing soil science should complete 4 of the 5 courses listed below (or equivalent) during their undergraduate or graduate programs
      1. Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification (Soil 3433*)
      2. Soil Nutrient Management (Soil 4234*)
      3. Soil Chemistry (Soil 4893* or Soil 5223)
      4. Soil Physics (Soil 4683 or Soil 6583*)
      5. Soil Microbiology (Soil 4483*)

A student may take a maximum of 3 research credit hours (PLNT or Soil 5230).  All students must indicate on their Plan of Study whether or not their research will involve human subjects.  If human subjects are to be used, approval must be received from the Institutional Research Board (IRB) prior to the beginning of the research.

A useful listing of departmental courses and the semester in which they may be taught can be found in Appendix A of this Handbook.