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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
    
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Plant Biology - MS


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Degree Title: Masters of Science

Program Name and Number: Plant Biology - MS2111

Department/Unit: Departmet of Environmental and Plant Biology

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Program Mission: To expose students to the scientific method in plant ecology, systematics and evolution, and/or molecular and cellular biology. Emphasis is placed on conducting original research and communicating science to the scientific community and in a classroom environment.    

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Students will know professional standards of science and responsible conduct of scientists that are essential for the pursuit of knowledge.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a depth of knowledge within their area of study.
  • Students will be able to write a research proposal.
  • Students will know how to design and complete a research study and/or scientific experiment. 
  • Students will be able to process and analyze data to make sound interpretations.
  • Students will be able to communicate scientific ideas in both written and oral forms to diverse audiences.

Program Overview: The Environmental and Plant Biology M.S. graduate program provides educational and research experience in plant biology from the molecular to the organismal and ecosystem levels.  Most students are trained within three general areas of study: plant ecology, plant systematics and evolution, or plant molecular and cellular biology. The program strives to foster communication across and beyond these areas of study to provide unique opportunities to meet each student’s specific career goals. The M.S. program is designed to train and prepare students to be successful in a Ph.D. program or positions in industry, government, or non-governmental organizations. Each student will be directed in the conduct of independent research in the pursuit of knowledge. Students are mentored in grantsmanship to support their own research with internal and external funding. Students have hands-on teaching experience because the program provides a teaching assistantship. As teaching assistants, students have the opportunity to assist in a variety of courses and interact with faculty. All students are exposed to the national and international plant biology community through colloquia, seminars, and scientific meetings that will aid them in achieving their post-M.S. career goals.  

Concentrations: Plant Biology (PBIO) and Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (PBIO-MCB)

Link to Program Handbook: http://www.ohio.edu/plantbio/Assets/documents/grad/graduate_handbook_2013_2014.pdf 

Graduation Requirements:

Plant Biology

  1. Successfully complete Biological Research and Science Ethics (PBIO 5170).
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of 20 PBIO graduate hours of graded course work. Seminar, supervised study, colloquium, and research are not considered in these credit hours.
  3. Successfully complete one course for each of the three sub-disciplines listed below:

CELL/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: PBIO 5240 Plant Physiology, PBIO 5280 Genomics Lab, PBIO 5300 Plant Genetics, PBIO 5310 Cell Biology, PBIO 5500 Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering

PLANT ECOLOGY: PBIO 5220 Tropical Plant Ecology, PBIO 5260 Physiological Plant Ecology, PBIO 5330 Restoration Ecology, PBIO 5350 Population & Community Ecology, PBIO 5380 Soils & Ecosystems

ORGANISMAL BOTANY: PBIO 5080 Structural Botany, PBIO 5090 Plant Systematics, PBIO 5100 Fungi, PBIO 5190 Ohio Flora, PBIO 5200 Phycology, PBIO 5750 Plant Population Genetics & Speciation

  1. Earn a minimum of 10 credit hours of research (PBIO 6940).
  2. Successfully complete two semesters of seminar (PBIO 6970).
  3. Maintain a GPA at or above 3.00.
  4. Successfully complete a thesis research proposal.
  5. Successfully complete a research thesis with an oral defense.
  6. Graduate in 2 years.

Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

  1. Successfully complete Biological Research and Science Ethics (PBIO 5170) and Biochemistry (CHEM 5901 or CHEM 5890).
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of 20 graduate hours of graded course work, with at least 10 credit hours in PBIO. Seminar, supervised study, colloquium, and research are not considered in these credit hours.
  3. Successfully complete one course in MCB 7200 Molecular Biology, MCB 7300 Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, PBIO 5310 Cell Biology, or MCB 7600 Advanced Cell Biology.
  4. Earn a minimum of 10 credit hours of research (PBIO 6940).
  5. Successfully complete two semesters of MCB seminar (MCB 7410) each year.
  6. Maintain a GPA at or above 3.00.
  7. Successfully complete a thesis research proposal.
  8. Pass a Comprehensive Examination composed of written sections no later then the 3rd academic semester.
  9. Successfully complete a research thesis with an oral defense.
  10. Graduate in 2.5 years.

For more details: http://www.ohio.edu/plantbio/Assets/documents/grad/PBIOGradGuidelines_2014.pdf

Admission Requirements: Minimum GPA: 3.00. Combined Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and quantitative scores of 305, achieved within the last 4 years, are recommended. TOEFL score of 95 is recommended. In addition to test scores, the following documents must be submitted with the application: a curriculum vitae; a 1-2 page personal statement indicating preferred faculty advisor(s) and describing previous research experience, graduate school goals, and career plans after graduate school; and three letters of recommendation. A faculty member willing to advise the student is required for admission.

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