Graduate Education

General Information

For information on the graduate program, refer to the LSU catalog:
Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences (Graduate Program)

Current students should follow the requirements in place when they entered the program unless they have petitioned to change to the new program.
Graduate School


Don LaBonte, Director

Maud Walsh, Graduate Advisor

Sheila Rohwer, Graduate Administrative Assistant

TELEPHONE (225) 578-2110 or (225) 578-2158
FAX (225) 578-1403 or (225) 578-0396


Financial Aid

Both teaching and research assistantships are offered by the department. Students holding teaching assistantships may assist in the teaching of a course, or teach one to two laboratory sections. Research assistants are required to work up to 20 hours per week. Students are assigned to supervisors who may or may not be their major professors. Professors with grant funds may elect to provide assistantship awards higher than the minimal levels.


This department includes 59 research laboratories, plus numerous student and faculty offices, eight classrooms, and teaching laboratories. All laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities. Graduate students have access to a modern computer laboratory with Internet access. Students are encouraged to attend professional meetings. Their travel expenses to these meetings are usually paid by grant funds. Field work may be conducted within the Baton Rouge area at the Central Research Station. In addition, field research may be conducted on one or more of 17 branch stations or on commercial farmer fields when appropriate.