Toxicology: Crop and Soil Sciences (PhD)
Crop and soil scientists are responsible for the world’s food, feed, and fiber supply, while conserving our soil and water resources. Our goals are to provide the best educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels; conduct innovative basic and applied research programs in the crop, soil, turf, and environmental sciences; and to provide superior service to our clientele.
The mission of the Crop and Soil Sciences Department is embodied in the mission of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which is to: seek, verify, and apply knowledge related to agriculture and the environment and disseminate this knowledge through student education and public outreach programs. More specifically, the purpose of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is to:
Provide baccalaureate and graduate education in crop, soil, and environmental sciences that promotes excellence in student achievement and prepares students to effectively contribute and excel in a changing world
Inquire into the nature of plant growth, crop production, soil characteristics and the environment, through the discovery, interpretation, and creative application of knowledge
Serve the public through timely education of producers, consumers, and agribusiness using relevant, accurate, and unbiased research-based information
The Crop and Soil Sciences Department has graduate faculty members who conduct research dealing with agronomic and environmental issues related to crops, forages, and turfgrass, as well as with environmental issues related to the application of agricultural, industrial, and urban wastes to soil. For more information on individual research projects, please visit our faculty page.
The department offers a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, both of which require original research. In addition, the department offers a non-thesis Master of Crop and Soil Sciences (M.C.S.S.) degree, as well as an interdepartmental Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management degree (M.P.P.P.M.). Entrance into the crop and soil sciences graduate program is competitive, requiring an overall grade point average (GPA) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores as outlined in degree requirements.
Most graduate students receive financial aid in the form of assistantships that pay $14,100 for the M.S. degree and $15,100 for the Ph.D. Degree. All students on assistantships receive out-of-state tuition waivers and in-state fee reductions. Students are responsible for paying incidental fees only, which amount to about $1000 per year. Students on regular (0.38 time) graduate assistantships are expected to work an average of 15 hours per week over and beyond the work required to carry out their own research projects.