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Plant Physiology Interdisciplinary Program
 

Patrick J. Breen, Chair
4017 Agricultural Life Science
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-7304
541-737-5469
E-mail: breenp@science.oregonstat.edu


Graduate Major

Plant Physiology (MS, PhD)

Graduate Areas of Concentration
Regulation of plant growth and development
Plant metabolism related to plant productivity
Structure and function of plant macromolecules and areas of whole-plant and environmental physiology

Graduate Minor

Plant Physiology


Plant physiology is a complex interdisciplinary field that requires broad training in the plant sciences and in such varied disciplines as physics, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, and statistics. Courses relevant to plant physiology, and active research programs in plant physiology are found in many departments and in several colleges of the university. The curriculum reflects the need for breadth of training and draws upon courses from a number of departments of the university.

The core curricula for programs leading to the PhD and MS degrees in plant physiology are listed below.

 

Plant Physiology (PhD)

 

Plant Physiology

One course required in each of the following four areas (11-12)

  1. Plant Metabolism
    BB 653. Photosynthesis and Plant Biochemistry (3)
  2. Water, Nutrition, and Transport
    BOT 634. Plant Water Relations (3)
  3. Plant Growth and Development
    BOT 533. Hormonal Regulation of Plant Growth and Development (3)
    BOT 593. Selected Topics: Plant Cell and Molecular Biology (1-3)
    HORT 541. Plant Tissue Culture (4)
  4. Environmental Physiology
    BOT 588. Environmental Physiology of Plants (3)
    HORT 629. Plant Dormancy and Stress Physiology (3)
    RNG 643. Arid Land Plant Physiology (4)

Biochemistry

BB 590, 591, 592. Biochemistry (3,3,3)

Genetics/Cellular Biology

A graduate-level course in genetics or molecular biology (3).

Advanced Laboratory Methods

BB 593. Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
Other laboratory course(s) consistent with the goals of the student (2).

Seminars

Two seminar presentations, including one on a different topic than the thesis.
Total credits (minimal requirements)
Required core courses (27-32)
Seminars (2)
Research, thesis and supportive electives (68-75)

Total Program=108


Plant Physiology (MS)

 

Plant Physiology

One course from at least two of the areas listed in the PhD curriculum.

Biochemistry

BB 550, 551. General Biochemistry (4,3)

Advanced Laboratory Methods

BB 593. Biochemistry Laboratory (3)

Other

At least two other courses from the PhD core curriculum (5-6)

Seminars

Two seminar presentations, including one on the thesis research.

Total Credits

Core courses (19-22)
Seminars (2)
Research, thesis, and supportive electives (21-24)

Total Program=45


 
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