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A study by the National Research Council confirmed what most of us already know: Cornell is a great place to pursue a graduate degree in horticulture.
The Graduate School at Cornell University consists of fields rather than departments. The Field of Horticulture is comprised primarily of faculty from the Department of Horticulture based in Ithaca and at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., but also includes faculty in Plant Biology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Food Science, Animal Science and Design and Environmental Analysis.
This interactive organizational structure allows faculty with similar interests in the different departments to sponsor graduate students in the same field. In addition, some faculty members of other departments such as Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, Crop and Soil Science, etc., may also be members of the graduate field of horticulture.
The Graduate Field of Horticulture consists of two subjects, each with two concentrations:
Horticultural Crop and Landscape Management
- Breeding of Horticultural Crops
- Horticultural Crop Management Systems
- Physiology and Ecology of Horticultural Crops
- Human-Plant Interactions
Although emphasis is on horticultural plants and systems commonly found in areas of temperate climate, graduate study on species and cropping systems of tropical areas is also possible by using our extensive greenhouse and growth chamber facilities, and through thesis research in tropical areas.
In addition to their major field of study, students will select minor field(s) of study from such areas as plant physiology, pathology, anatomy, ecology, biochemistry, botany, entomology, taxonomy, genetics, education, soils, economics, communication, biological and environmental engineering, and landscape architecture. All students are encouraged to gain experience in academic instruction or Cooperative Extension programming.
Graduate students and faculty from the Department of Horticulture at the Fall 2012 graduate student research review.