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Specific Requirements Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Soil Science

Specific Requirements Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Soil Science
  1. A total of 60 credit hours beyond the MS degree
      1. 15 thesis credit hours (PLNT 6000)
      2. 27 credit hours of coursework including the following classes and qualification:
        1. 2 credit hours of Seminar (Plant 5020) taken two separate times during the student’s studies. The first seminar will consist of a topic agreed upon by the student and professor in charge of SOIL 5020 and should be relevant to a current controversy, significant research discovery, or other important issue related to OK or world agriculture. The second seminar will consist of a presentation of the student’s research.
        2. 1 credit hour of Professional Development (SOIL 5131 Professional Development Colloquium in Plant and Soil Sciences)
        3. 1 credit hour or more of teaching experience (SOIL 5120 Teaching Practicum in Plant and Soil Sciences)
        4. 15 (minimum) credit hours of Courses in PLNT or SOIL qualifying for graduate credit (those with (*) in OSU course catalog).
        5. At least three (3) credit hours of math, at the level of calculus or above on the combined BS, MS or PhD programs, and at least six (6) graduate credit hours of graduate level statistics are required on the combined M.S. and Ph.D. programs
        6. At least nine (9) credit hours related to the student's specialty area
        7. No more than  15 credit hours of 3000* or 4000* level courses can be approved for graduate credit
        8. It is recommended that the student at the discretion of the graduate committee complete 5 courses in areas listed below during the undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the 3000 level or above:
          1. Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification
          2. Soil Nutrient Management
          3. Soil Chemistry
          4. Soil Physics
          5. Soil Microbiology
        9. No more than 6 credit hours of Problems and Special Studies (PLNT 5110) and Advanced Topics and Conference (PLNT 6010) can be approved for graduate credit
        10. The PhD Plan of Study must include at least thirty (30) graduate credit hours from Oklahoma State University
        11. The Plan of Study may list no more than nine (9) transfer hours from non-PhD granting institutions, approved by the student’s committee.
        12. The student's graduate advisor or committee may recognize specific deficiencies and require additional course work to attain proficiency.  This “leveling” course work may not count toward the credits required to obtain the degree, and may or may not qualify for tuition waiver.  The Graduate College will grant or reject tuition waiver on leveling courses on a case by case basis
      3. 18 additional credit hours as coursework, thesis hours (PLNT 6000) or research hours (PLNT 5230- maximum of 8 credit hours total) can be granted towards graduation.