Crop and Soil Science (MCSS)

Degree: Masters Degrees

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Determine the impact edaphic and environmental stresses have on agronomic crop and turfgrass growth and development; develop environmentally sound management practices that improve agronomic crop and turfgrass adaptation; develop new warm- and cool- season turfgrass and small grain cultivars for Georgia and monitor their performance; interdisciplinary programs on addressing environmental issues; develop models for quantification of atmospheric factors that affect crop growth and environmental pollutant fate; and develop educational materials and programs that address turfgrass management.


College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7501
Phone: 706/542-3924

Academic Department

Crop and Soil Sciences
3111 Miller Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-7272
Phone: 706/542-2461


Graduate Coordinator

Miguel L. Cabrera


The department offers a professional Master of Crop and Soil Science (MCSS) degree and the MS and PhD degrees. The MCSS is a non-thesis degree requiring specified graduate level course work, including an internship or a special problems course. This is a degree option for individuals interested in obtaining graduate training but do not wish to conduct research. Graduate training leading to the MS and PhD degrees is available in all phases of crop and soil sciences including international and sustainable agriculture. In-depth instruction and research are emphasized in both crop and soil science. Areas of major specialization in crop science are: plant breeding and genetics, physiology, weed control, crop production and management, and forage quality and utilization. Areas of major specialization in soils are: chemistry, physics, environmental physics, classification and genesis, soil erosion and conservation, fertility and plant nutrition, microbiology and mineralogy. A range of environmentally-oriented research opportunities are available within the crop and soil science areas. Facilities for graduate training include three well-equipped Experiment Stations (housing modern analytical equipment, growth chambers, greenhouses and field plot facilities), along with seven field research centers located throughout the state. Cooperative studies are encouraged with other departments at the University, with the Institute of Ecology and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, and with federal research laboratories in the area (USDA/ARS, EPA). Cooperative projects with scientists at the Volcani Center in Israel are also available.

Departmental requirements include attendance at graduate seminars. Coursework and research topics are individually determined in consultation with the student's advisory committee.

Students with strong backgrounds in biological, geological, physical, chemical, or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply as prospective candidates for graduate training.



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