The Graduate School at Cornell University consists of fields rather than departments or other units. The Field of Horticulture is comprised primarily of faculty from the Horticulture Section 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, Crop and Soil Sciences, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Food Science, Animal Science and Design and Environmental Analysis plus adjunct faculty from USDA-ARS. (View faculty in the Graduate Field of Horticulture.)
The Graduate Field of Horticulture consists of one subject with four concentrations:
- Physiology and Ecology of Horticultural Crops
- Human-Plant Interactions
- Breeding of Horticultural Crops
- Horticultural Crop Management Systems
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.