The Master of Science degree program in Horticulture is available through the Department of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. Thesis problems may be developed in a wide range of subject matter areas relating to the science of Horticulture. Opportunities in this discipline include research relating to the biology, physiology and production of apples, blueberries, potatoes, landscape ornamentals and turfgrass. Facilities are available for laboratory, growth chamber, greenhouse and field research.
Prospective graduate students should have training in chemistry, mathematics and biology, and in subject matter areas closely related to the graduate study area of interest. Specific requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees relating to Horticulture in this Department are outlined in the “Guidelines for Graduate Study in Horticultural Science” which is available upon request.
A limited number of half-time assistantships, involving teaching and research, are available on a competitive basis. Additional research assistantships, associated with a faculty member’s grants and/or research contracts, are also a source of assistantship support.
Alan R. Langille, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State, 1967), Professor of Agronomy and Cooperating Professor of Botany. Physiology of tuberization in Solanum species, turfgrass management.
Reeser C. Manley, Ph.D. (Washington State University, 1994), Assistant Professor of Horticulture. Environmental stress physiology of woody plants.
William L. Mitchell, M.L.A. (Massachusetts 1975), Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture. Landscape architecture, horticultural education, environmental planning and sports field management.
John M. Smagula, Ph.D. (Massachusetts, 1973), Professor of Horticulture. Blueberry physiology, plant development, and management systems for intensive fruit production. Tissue culture propagation.
David E. Yarborough, Ph.D. (Massachusetts, 1991), Professor of Horticulture. Blueberry and cranberry weed management, weed/crop ecology.
Donglin Zhang, Ph.D. (Georgia, 1997), Assistant Professor of Horticulture. Ornamental plants, greenhouse and nursery management, floriculture, horticultural taxonomy and molecular markers.