Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Horticultural Science

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) in horticulture shall represent the attainment of a high level of scholarship and achievement in coursework and independent research. The Doctor of Philosophy in horticulture is designed to prepare students for academic or research-based careers. Graduate students are expected to excel in research, teaching, extension activities and develop professionally. Independent and original research is an important part of the graduate program and forms a basis for a graduate thesis. The research shall represent original contribution to human knowledge in the particular academic field and is presented in a written research dissertation of a publishable standard. The document shall also demonstrate the candidate’s acquaintance with the literature of the field and the proper selection and execution of research methodology. The program cover the following areas: ornamental horticulture, floriculture, turfgrass, vegetable crops, fruit crops, environmental stress physiology, plant breeding, plant pathology and plant pathogen interactions, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, tissue culture, soil, water and sustainable and organic farming and others.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (7.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
STAT615Design/Analysis of Experiments3.000
COFA650Graduate Seminar1.000
COFA670Global Food Supply Chain Management2.000

Part 2: Concentration (Students must take at least one course at the 700 level) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HORT805Molecular approaches in plant research3.000
HORT815Assessment of energy and element fluxes in agroecosytems3.000
HORT820Urban landscape planning, policy and management3.000

Part 3: Electives (Students must take at least one course at the 700 level.) (8.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COFA660Advanced scientific writing2.000
HORT643Irrigation & Drainage Systems3.000
HORT633Crop Management Systems for Vegetable Production 3.000
HORT641Modeling Horticultural System3.000
HORT642Water Quality, Soil, Salinity and Reclamation 3.000
HORT648Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources3.000
HORT651Concepts & Systems of Plant Protection and Pest Management 3.000
HORT720Integrated agricultural production systems3.000
HORT725Methods in agricultural microbiology3.000
HORT730Control and evaluation of agricultural product quality2.000

Part 4: Qualification (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG800Comprehensive Examination0.000

Part 5: Dissertation Research (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HORT900Dissertation Research  130.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:9