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Requirements for the Masters degree

 Credit hours required:

The Plant Health Program in the area of Plant Pathology requires 30 credit hours, of which six are research credits.  A non-thesis option is available as a terminal degree in Plant Pathology and requires 36 credit hours.  The Crop Physiology area requires 31 credit hours, of which six are research credits.

 Thesis research:

The preparation of a thesis is an important element in the program leading to the Masterís degree.  The Masterís thesis should demonstrate a capacity for research, originality of thought, and facility in organizing materials.  It must be acceptable in subject matter and exhibit credible literary workmanship.  At least 6 credit hours of thesis research are required for the Masterís degree with the thesis option.  Instructions on preparation and submission of the Masterís thesis may be obtained from the LSU Graduate School.

 Thesis research proposal and program of study:

During the first or second semester of study, a candidate for a M.S. degree is required to have a research proposal and a program of study accepted by his or her Graduate Advisory Committee.  A Graduate Advisory Committee meeting, scheduled 3 weeks prior to the proposal date, is made through the Department Head.  The research proposed and the proposed program of study must be in the hands of the Graduate Advisory Committee members 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled committee meeting.  Graduate students are encouraged to prepare a detailed research proposal including an Introduction, Literature Review, Objectives, Materials and Methods, Justification, and Relevant Literature.  The proposed program of study should include a list of courses completed and those proposed to meet the requirements in a specified program of study.

 Graduate advisory committee:

Final acceptance of the Masterís thesis rests with the Graduate Advisory committee of three or more members of the Graduate Faculty, who are nominated by the Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.  The major professor is designated as the chairman of this committee.  One member of the committee must be a full Member of the Graduate Faculty from the major department.  Students who do not have a minor field of study may have all members of the committee from the department.  If the student has selected a minor, one committee member must represent the minor department.  The Dean of the Graduate School may serve as a member on any committee or may appoint additional members.

 Comprehensive final examination:

Each candidate for a Masterís degree will be required to pass a Comprehensive Final Examination.  This examination may be oral, written, or both.  In the case of a non-thesis program, greater weight is ordinarily given to this examination, and it will probably be broader in scope than the examination given to a student who completes a thesis.

At least 3 weeks prior to the time of this examination, the Head of the Department must submit to the Dean of the Graduate School a request for appointment of the examining committee.  It is the function of this committee to conduct the Comprehensive Final Examination.  At least 10 days prior to the scheduled Comprehensive Final Examination, the student must give each member of the examining committee a thoroughly edited and completed draft of the M.S. thesis.  Normally, a candidate for the Master of Science degree will take the Comprehensive Final Examination during the semester which he or she plans to graduate.  If a student wishes to take the Comprehensive Final Examination at an earlier date, the studentís committee must furnish the Graduate Dean a sound academic reason for doing so.

The Comprehensive Final Examination Committee, nominated by the Head of the Department and appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, is ordinarily composed of those faculty members who serve as the studentís Graduate Advisory Committee.  At least one member of the examining committee must be a full member of the Graduate Faculty from the major department.  The major professor usually serves as Chairman of the Comprehensive Final Examination Committee.  Representatives of the Graduate Faculty may be added by the Dean of the Graduate School.  In order for the student to pass this examination, there may not be more than one dissenting vote.

M.S. Program in Plant Health Research Area in Plant Pathology

Required courses:    
 

No. of Credit Hours

  Thesis Non-Thesis

PLHL 4000, General Plant Pathology

3

3

Plant Pathology Courses

9

15

PLHL 7052, Seminar2

2

2

PLHL 8000, Thesis Research

6

0

Electives (requires committee approval)

10

16

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours required

301

361

A candidate must have completed a graduate course in statistics and a graduate course in biochemistry to be eligible for the M.S. degree.

 1At least 15 credit hours must be at the 7000 level or above (this may include 6 credits of PLHL 8000 in the thesis program)

M.S. Program in Plant Health Research Area in Crop Physiology

Required Courses:  
 

No. of Credit Hours

BIOL 4087, Biochemistry (or 4093) 3
BIOL 4385, Biochemistry Lab 3
PLHL 7052, Seminar1 2
Three courses of the following seven:
 - BIOL 4024 Plant Anatomy
 - PLHL 4444 Seed Physiology
 - PLHL 7010 Plant Molecular Biology
 - PLHL 7061 Plant Growth and Development
 - PLHL 7063 Plant Metabolism
 - PLHL 7065 Transport Processes in Plants
9
PLHL 8000, Thesis Research (minimum) 6
Electives (to be approved by Advisory Committee) 7

Total Credit Hours Required

304
   
Potential Course Electives2
AGRO 7051 Advanced Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
AGRO 7165 Chemistry and Microbiology of Flooded Soils and Sediments
 - BIOL 4001 Physical Chemistry
 - BIOL 4093/94 General Biochemistry
 - BIOL 7280 Nucleic Acids
 - BIOL 7284 Proteins
 - BIOL 7285 Advanced Enzymology
 - BIOL 7288 Lipid and Membrane
 - BIOL 7289 Biochemistry of Viruses
 - EXST 7004 Introduction to Statistics
 - BIOL 7162 Molecular Biology of Microorganisms
 - BIOL 7163 Plant Metabolism
 - PLHL 7065 Transport Processes in Plants
 

1All candidates are required to attend seminar (PLHL 7052) each semester it is offered unless they have a class conflict.

2This is not an exclusive listing; other courses may be used with the consent of the student's advisory committee.

3M.S. candidates are encouraged to undertake a special research problem (PLHL 8900) for two credits sometime during their program. The purpose of the special program is to broaden the student's research experience.

4At least 15 credit hours must be at the 7000 level or above (including 6 credits of PLHL 8000) by Graduate School regulations.

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