Program Requirements for Graduate Students

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Academic Requirements
Both the Graduate College and PLPM require students to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Graduate students must maintain full-time status to retain stipend and tuition support. Full-time status is at least 9 credits per semester and 1 credit during the summer. MS students must complete 30 credits in order to graduate, Ph.D students must complete 72 credits. Credits are earned through coursework and thesis/dissertation research.

Degree Coursework Requirements

Minor in Plant Pathology
For M.S. students: Two 500/600 level courses and 1 semester of Plant Pathology Seminar (PLP 698). For Ph.D. students: Three 500/600 level courses and 2 semesters of Plant Pathology Seminar (PLP 698). A minor must be approved by your committee and you must have a representative from PLPM on your committee. Yours minor must be tested during the preliminary exam (Ph.D) and final oral exam (M.S. and Ph.D.). 

Course Offerings
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

Virology

   

Allen Miller

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.

For more information please see the Plant Pathology Graduate Student Handbook and the Iowa State University Graduate Student Handbook

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