The Ph.D. in Horticulture is granted for proven ability in research and scholarship. The student conducts research under the guidance of the major professor with input from the student’s doctoral committee. The doctoral committee consists of a minimum of five members of the graduate faculty, including at least two from the Department of Horticulture and a representative from the Graduate Council.
Courses in the major, Horticulture, may be selected from those in Horticulture (i.e. with a Hort designation) as well as from those offered by many other departments and programs.
Through successful participation and completion of a doctoral degree in Horticulture you will gain an advanced understanding of horticulture and the interaction with related disciplines, and conduct original research that advances the field of horticulture. You will be trained through disciplinary coursework and research experience to provide solid science expertise and will have the breadth of knowledge to be able to communicate with professionals from the broad range of specialties involved in horticultural systems management and research.
Outcome 1: Scholarship
You will have the ability to conduct original research that extends knowledge in the field of horticulture. This will be demonstrated through mastery and application of critical thinking in the design and conduct of original research, and application of standard and innovative theory and methods in both coursework and an individual thesis research project.
Outcome 2: Knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate:
These outcomes will be accomplished through successful completion of the coursework required for the degree and a dissertation research project.
Outcome 3: Communication
You will have the ability to communicate professionally and with the public about horticulture research and horticultural resources, by gaining skills and experience in communicating in both formal and informal venues with learners, practitioners and community members. This will be demonstrated through presentation of a thesis, a special non-thesis seminar and a teaching assignment.
Outcome 4: Ethics and Diversity
You will have a commitment to diversity and high ethical standards in scholarship, teaching and service, developing from participation and training in research methods courses, professional development courses, and seminars, workshops, or other activities focused on diversity and ethics.