​The goal of the Plant Science Program is to develop a thorough understanding of plant growth and function under challenging environmental conditions, such as those found in Saudi Arabia. The fundamental biology of plants is studied at a range of levels (e.g. genomic, proteomic, metabolomics), and the interactions of plants with their environment, both abiotic (heat, salt, and drought) and biotic (pathogens and symbionts) are investigated. Application of this knowledge will allow development of plants with enhanced tolerance to environmental stresses and help to establish sustainable agriculture systems in arid regions of the world.


​​The Master’s Degree (M.S.) is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved to graduate. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- for course credit. Students are expected to complete the M.S. degree in three semesters and one summer session.

Course requirements:

  • Mandatory Courses (12 credits)
  • Elective Courses (6 - 12 credits - choose 2 - 4 courses)
  • Research/Capstone Experience (12 - 18 credits)
  • Winter Enrichment Program (completed)

M.S. thesis option and M.S. Non-thesis option for graduation.​​

PhD positions and visiting student opportunities available here.

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Last updated June 17, 2019
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