Plant and Soil Sciences



Under this program, graduate students can obtain a Master’s of Science degree with emphasis in a number of areas including: plants physiology, plant biochemistry, biotechnology, soil science and sustaining agriculture.  Students take courses relevant to their areas of emphasis and are required to do thesis research as pan of the requirement for obtaining the degree.


EVSC 0500. BIO-STATISTICS I. 1st Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 3 credits. Statistical methods in scientific research. An introductory course in statistics dealing with the application of various methods of analyzing research data to include sampling, randomization, the normal distribution, "t" test, linear regression, correlation, Chi-Square, and analysis of variance of random design. Laboratory assignments require the use of pocket calculators and the University's time share computer.

EVSC 0501. BIO-STATISTICS II. 1st Semester. Lect. 2, Lab 3, 3 credits. The application of advanced statistical methods in analyzing biological data to include analysis of two-way experiments, factorial experiments, covariance analysis, least-square analysis with unequal subclass numbers and curvilinear regression. Laboratory assignments require the use of the University’s time share computer and departmental microcomputers. Prerequisites: EVSC 0500 or Permission of Instructor.

EVSC 0504. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE II. 2nd Semester. Lect 3, 3 credits. Problems related to the presence of biologically active substances and potential hazardous synthetic chemicals in the environments. Strategies in minimization and management of these hazards will be discussed. Pesticides, radiation hazards, industrial chemical and potential biological hazards will be considered. Prerequisites: CHEM 0320 or Permission of Instructor.

EVSC 0505. ISSUES IN WILDLIFE ECLOLOGY AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 1st semester. Lect. 3, 3 credits. Introduction to wildlife and conservation issues; relationships between humans and nature; exploration of current threats of species and habitats and novel solutions to these threats. Same as FORE 0505, PLSS 0505.

EVSC 0507. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 1st Semester. Lect 2, Lab 1, 3 credits. Introductions to GIS concepts. Basic theoretical concepts, computer catography, database systems, getting maps into digital form and geocoding. Familiarity with Arc-GIS software.

EVSC 0517. 2nd Semester. Lect. 2. Lab 1, 3 credits. SPECIAL STUDIES IN GIS. Research applications of GIS with special emphasis on complex spatial analysis of soil, water. Prerequisite EVSC 0507.

EVSC 0555. SOIL CHEMISTRY. 1st Semester, even years. Lect. 3, 3 credits. Theory and practice of the inorganic chemical reactions involved in soil development and nutrient availability and cycling; topics include chemical ion exchange equilibria and kinetics, colloidal systems, solubility diagrams and oxidation reduction. Prerequisites: CHEM 0231, 0232, PLSS 0210. Same as PLSS 0555.

EVSC 0590. SOIL/ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. 1st Semester, odd year. Lect. 3, 3 credits. Description, location, taxonomy, abundance and significance of the major groups of soil microorganisms, major biochemical transformations carried out by the organisms; major biochemical transformations carried out by the soil micro flora and their relationships to soil fertility and environmental pollution are examined. Prerequisites: CHEM 0320 or Permission of Instructor. Same as PLSS 0590.

EVSC 0595. SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer, 1-2 credits. Special studies for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Environmental Sciences on subjects not in regularly offered courses.


EVSC 0600. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SEMINAR. 1st and 2nd Semesters. Lect. 1, 1 credit. Lectures from visiting scientists, and other organizations on topics related to environmental science. Presentation of proposals for thesis and technical reports by students on research in environmental science and related areas. This is a unique type of seminar in which knowledge from different areas will be integrated and students will write technical reports from the notes of the lectures combined with literature research. (Only one credit hour for any given semester will be allowed).

EVSC 0695. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 1st and 2nd Semesters. Lect. 3, 3 credits. Topics in the advanced level may be selected from the following: biochemistry, environmental sciences, chemistry, biology, soil sciences and veterinary sciences.

EVSC 0700. RESEARCH AND THESIS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer, 1-6 credits. Research in thesis problems under the directions of a major advisor. Students in this program will be required to select research problems on a specific topic concentrating on the investigation of problems of environment and its quality.

EVSC 0752. CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION. 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer, 0 credits. Restricted to graduate students who have taken all courses including EVSC 0700 and need to use the service and resources of the University to complete their theses or reading for graduate examination. Students may have a maximum of two registrations only; afterward registration as a regular graduate student will be required until the degree requirements have been completed. Prerequisite: Permission of major advisor.

EVSC 0754 CANDIDATES FOR DEGREE ONLY. 1st and 2nd Semester, Summer, 0 credits. Restricted to graduate students who have completed all requirements for the graduate degree including final oral or comprehensive examination, submission of thesis and approval of the thesis by the Office of the Graduate Programs. Students will be permitted to register in the category one time only.