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The program strives to provide a holistic theoretical and practical approach to study and apply environmentally sound and sustainable integrated pest management strategies. It applies classical and modern biotechnology and molecular techniques to diagnose, study, and manage plant pathogenic fungi, bacteria, viruses, and phytoplasmas, insect pests, weeds, and their respective host interactions.
Students following a thesis program are required to take a minimum of 21 graduate level course credits plus a thesis (equivalent to 9 credits) and a minimum of 24 graduate level course credits plus a thesis (equivalent to 6 credits) in the case of Ecosystem Management and Rural Community Development. The thesis program may include a maximum of 3 tutorial course credits. Core regular courses should constitute a minimum of 12 credits excluding seminars and tutorials, with graduate elective courses to be determined with the adviser. A student following a non-thesis program is required to take a minimum of 33 graduate level course credits and a minimum of 30 graduate level course credits in the case of Ecosystem Management. The program should include a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 tutorial credits with at least 12 credits being from core courses in the major.
Core Courses for the MS Degree in Plant Protection
AGSC 301 Statistical Methods in Agriculture 2.3; 3 cr.
An investigation of the statistical techniques needed to design experiments and analyze and interpret agricultural research data. Prerequisites: STAT 210 or EDUC 227 and CMPS 209. Fall and spring.
AGSC 311 Advanced Principles and Methods in Plant Pathology 2.3; 3 cr.
Serological and molecular diagnostic techniques, nucleic acids hybridization, PCR, marker assisted selection, brief review of physiology of host-pathogen relationships, and current methods of research including cloning and transgenic plants. Prerequisite: AGSC 232 or consent of instructor.
AGSC 322 Plant Parasitic Fungi and Bacteria 2.3; 3cr.
Morphology, taxonomy, and identification of fungi and bacteria parasitic on plants. Prerequisite: AGSC 232. Alternate years.
AGSC 332 Plant-Pest Interactions 3.0; 3 cr.
Principles and factors involved in interactions between pests and their host plants; application of perspectives in chemical ecology to agricultural systems; effect of biotic and abiotic factors on the physiology, adaptation, and survival of pest populations in agroecosystems. Prerequisites: AGSC 221, AGSC 232, and AGSC 284.
AGSC 388 Integrated Pest Management 3.0; 3 cr.
Principles and concepts of integrated pest management; monitoring and forecasting of pest population, tactics, strategies, and implementations of IPM in the agricultural ecosystems; and environmental, economic, and social implications of IPM. Prerequisites: AGSC 221, AGSC 232, and
AGSC 395 Special Topics in Agricultural Science 1.0; 1 cr.
AGSC 396/396A Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.
AGSC 399 MS Thesis
Elective Courses for the MS Degree in Plant Protection
AGSC 300 Graduate Tutorial 1–3 cr.
AGSC 307 Advanced Crop Production 3.0; 3 cr.
Theories and principles of plant growth, development, and responses to the environment, with an integrated approach to understanding crop productivity. Prerequisites: AGSC 220 and AGSC 231.
AGSC 319 Advanced Vegetable Production 3.0; 3 cr.
Physiological and genetic control of growth and management of vegetable plants and their products; effects of nutrition, irrigation, and other variables on crop performance and quality of produce; presentation and interpretation of recent research progress in vegetable production.
AGSC 323 Plant Virology 2.3; 3 cr.
Fundamental and practical aspects of plant virology including isolation, characterization, identification replication, and management of plant pathogenic viruses, including gene silencing and transgenic plants. Prerequisite: AGSC 232. Alternate years.
Requirements for graduate admissions to AUB are as follows:
1- Official university transcript(s) – All levels
2- Graduate Application (apply online)
3- 2 recommendation letters
4- English Language Proficiency Requirements: Upon admission, the applicant must show a level of proficiency in the English language by obtaining a minimum score of 530 on the English Entrance Examination (EEE), OR 583 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), OR 250 on the computer-based TOEFL OR 97 on the Internet-based TOEFL OR 7.0 on IELTS OR 147 on the GRE Verbal part OR 25 on the GMAT Verbal part.
The University provides fellowships covering partial or full tuition and a small stipend for students at the graduate level in return for a specified number of work hours per week in an academic department. Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic record and departmental needs.