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Department of Plant Sciences

04 Plant Sciences Loftsgard HallThe Department of Plant Sciences (PLSC) offers graduate studies leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Specialized academic and research training is available in biotechnology, plant breeding and genetics, forestry, horticulture, physiology, production, and weed science. Plant Sciences is the largest department (number of faculty and staff) at NDSU. Additional information can be obtained on the Plant Sciences home page (

The Department of Plant Sciences is located in Loftsgard Hall, completed in 1991, with modern and well-equipped research laboratories, offices for faculty and graduate students, and state-of-the-art classrooms. Loftsgard Hall, which is part of the Plant Science Complex, provides a sophisticated and user-friendly facility for interdisciplinary research, ranging from basic studies and biotechnology to the more traditional applied sciences. Growth chamber facilities and several greenhouses, including a new world-class greenhouse complex also are available, as are 150 adjacent acres of field research plots. An additional 500 acres of research plots and a horticultural farm, with an extensive arboretum, are located near the campus.

Excellent supporting departments include Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cereal and Food Sciences, Entomology, Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Agribusiness and Applied Economics, and Soil Science. The Department of Plant Sciences encourages interdisciplinary research, and students usually tailor their research program to meet their interests by working with faculty in one or more of the supporting departments.

The department has a policy of a limited number of graduate students assigned to each faculty advisor, so the student gets individualized attention and works closely in research with their advisor. Final selection of the advisor will be made on the basis of the student's interest, availability of space in the researcher's laboratory, and a common desire of the student and professor to work together. Most PLSC graduate students have a research assistantship, funded through research grants of the faculty advisor.

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