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Facilities and Services

The department is housed in six buildings across campus. These buildings provide research and teaching laboratories, greenhouses, seed house facilities and access to the functional genomics core facility. The on-campus facilities also include the SDSU Seed Testing Laboratory, SDSU Plant Diagnostics Clinic, Seed Certification, and Foundation Seed Stocks Division, which operates as services for the public. In addition, the department conduct research at three research farms near campus and four research stations across the state. The Field Specialists are housed in six regional extension offices across the state. The latest addition is the new McCrory Gardens Education and Outreach Center.

Student Engagement Opportunities

Numerous opportunities are available for part-time employment, scholarships, and work-study programs. The Arboriculture Club, Agronomy and Conservation Club, Horticulture Club, Landscape Club, or Turfjack Club offer opportunities for fellowship, leadership, and career planning. The Department has nationally recognized crops, horticulture, and soils judging teams.

* Option A Plant Science (on-campus course matriculation) - thesis required
* Option B Plant Science (on-campus course matriculation) - design paper required

MS students required to have 2 credits of Graduate Seminar, one oral and one in poster format. All students are required to have teaching experience.

* Enrollment in Plant Science Graduate Seminar (Two Semesters)
* Enrollment in Topics Teaching Experience (One Semester)

GRE: recommended, but not required English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 560 TOEFL iBT® test: 83

SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.


South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

* Dedicated faculty and staff
* Quality new facilities
* Excellent student leadership
* Shared governance
* Partnerships with local community
* Robust and Integrated assessment program
* Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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