Agronomy Program Information
The Agronomy Department offers the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis option) in agronomy with specializations in plant physiology, ecology, management and nutrition, weed science (terrestrial and aquatic), and plant breeding and genetics. Requirements for these degrees are given in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
Graduate programs emphasize the development and subsequent application of basic principles in each specialization to the management of plants in Florida and throughout the world. The continuing need for increased plant production for food, fiber and energy to meet the demands of a rapidly escalating population is reflected in departmental research programs. When compatible with a student’s program and permitted by prevailing circumstances, some thesis and dissertation research may be conducted wholly or in part in other countries.
Students seeking a graduate program in the Agronomy Department should hold a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with a major in an area of plant science, or closely related discipline. A science background with basic courses in biology, botany, mathematics, chemistry, and physics is required of new graduate students.