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Doctoral Programs

student demonstrating taking soil sample Agricultural and Extension Education

This program is intended for students desiring advanced study in teaching agriculture in public schools and in higher education, communications and leadership, or extension education. This Ph.D. program is an area of emphasis in under the Resource Management and Sustainable Development degree.

students riding horses at the farm Animal and Food Science

Students entering this program may select research and classes to emphasize areas of interest appropriate to the Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences. Areas include agricultural biochemistry, animal nutrition, animal physiology, and human nutrition and food sciences.

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Forest Resources Sciences

This program allows students to choose one of the following as their major field of study: forest resources management; recreation, parks, and tourism resources; wood science and technology, or wildlife and fisheries resources. Within these major fields of study, specialization is limited only by the range of competencies in the graduate faculty.

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Genetics and Developmental Biology

The master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees are offered in genetics and developmental biology, an interdisciplinary program involving the faculty and facilities of a number of departments in the various colleges and schools of the University. A student may concentrate in genetics or developmental biology.

student painting mural in a community Human and Community Development

This doctoral area of emphasis under the Resource Management and Sustainable Development degree is intended for candidates with a design background and/or professionals with prior experience in community and/or economic development. The program provides graduates with access to a variety of courses and faculty expertise to help candidates develop an interdisciplinary perspective of human and community development.

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Natural Resource Economics

This Ph.D. program is an area of emphasis in applied economics for natural resource economics under the Resource Management and Sustainable Development degree. This program provides students with a strong foundation in economic theory, economic and policy analysis, and quantitative methods.

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Plant and Soil Sciences

The doctor of philosophy in plant and soil sciences degree is offered to students who wish to study applied and environmental microbiology, crops agronomy, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, or soil sciences. Areas of emphasis are offered in each of those topics.