Graduate Study in Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University
Welcome to the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology! We're proud that our department is among the top-ranked ones in the United States and we're glad that you are interested in graduate study with us. We would like to help answer any questions you have about coursework, degree requirements, and life in Ames, Iowa.
The Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology (PLPM) offers Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Our faculty, staff and students are engaged in exciting research and educational programs that span the breadth of this multi-faceted discipline. Common areas of study include:
- Disease Management
Some students’ degree programs blend two or more of the above-listed areas with related disciplines, providing broad-based training. Our graduate students conduct research in a wide variety of plant systems including grain and cereal crops fruits, vegetables, forestry, ornamental plants, greenhouse crops and more
REQUIRED courses for a degree in the Dept. of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
Select courses are offered in alternative years (even or odd numbered):
|Year||Semester||Class||Course Number||Syllabus / Description||Instructor|
|Odd||Spring||Laboratory Methods||PLP 590X||PLP 590 Syllabus - Research Methods.pdf||XB Yang|
|Odd||Spring||Plant Pathogen Interactions||PLP 506||Steven Whitham|
|Odd||Spring||Integrated Management of Tropical Crops||PLP 511||Mark Gleason|
|Odd||Summer||Nematology (and Lab)||PLP 574 (L)||Felicitas Avendano|
|Odd||Fall||Epidemiology||PLP 543||Forrest Nutter|
|Odd||Fall||Seed Pathology (with Lab)||PLP 594 (L)||Gary Munkvold|
|Even||Spring||Plant Pathogenic Fungi||PLP 512X||Mark Gleason|
|Even||Spring||Bacterial-Plant Interactions||PLP 577||Gwyn Beattie|
|Even||Spring||Seed Health Management||PLP 592||Gary Munkvold|
|Even||Summer||Field Pathology||PLP 691||PLP 691 Syllabus - Field Plant Pathology.pdf||XB Yang|
|Even||Summer||Extension Experience||PLP 590X||PLP 590 Syllabus - Extension Experience.pdf||Alison Robertson and Daren Mueller|
|Even||Fall||Molecular Biology of Plant-Pathogen interactions||PLP 692||Steven Whitham|
|Even||Fall||Principles of Integrated Disease Management||PLP 540X||PLP 540x Syllabus - Principles of Integrated Disease Management.pdf||Forrest Nutter|
|Even||Fall||Ecologically Based Pest Management Strategies||PLP 530||Mark Gleason|
|All||Every||Principles of Plant Pathology (cross-listed)||PLP 508 (408)||Nick Peters|
|Varies||Varies||Colloquium in Plant Pathology||PLP 694||Varies|
A complete list of courses can be found in the ISU Course Catalog.
Applications are due January 15th each year for full consideration.
Application information from the Graduate College.
For information please contact us:
Graduate Program Coordinator: Dai Nguyen
Interdepartmental Graduate Programs
In addition to our graduate program in Plant Pathology, students can earn degrees in interdepartmental programs such as; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Genetics; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Plant Physiology; Microbiology; Sustainable Agriculture and Toxicology while conducting research with one of our faculty.
Undergraduate Study in Microbiology
The Plant Pathology and Microbiology Department also co-administers the Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program in Microbiology.