The School of Integrative Plant Science is the largest academic unit in Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It is composed of five sections with interrelated activities in the plant sciences: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil and Crop Sciences.

Degree programs

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The Cornell CALS plant sciences major prepares students for careers or further study in fundamental biology, plant breeding, pest and disease management and production of plants for food, fiber and ornamental uses.

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Graduate study in SIPS is organized into five graduate fields. Collectively these fields provide unparalleled opportunities to connect disciplines, creatively solve problems and integrate complex systems.

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The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree is a one-year, course-based master's degree, ideal for individuals who are interested in in-depth study of the issues and advancements in plant and soil sciences.

Continuing education

Our school is committed to lifelong learning, offering a wide range of programming and skill building for children and adults alike. See featured education programs to take advantage of these opportunities, including online courses and seminar, garden tours and more.

News from the School of Integrative Plant Science

Learn about the many ways we are addressing some of the world's most urgent challenges.

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News

Capitalizing on time in the race to breed inclusive, resilient crops
Cowpea breeders across Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, with the support of the Feed the Future Innovation for Crop Improvement, are making it possible to expand breeding operations in less time by making more efficient use of water.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Sorghum growers across Africa’s dry-land regions face a common, relentless foe — striga. This parasitic plant attacks the root of millets like sorghum, devastating the plant’s yield and endangering food security for rural communities which...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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A new advanced course from GREAT deepened skills and theory in gender-responsive agricultural research to contribute to resilient food and agricultural systems.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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News

Cornell experts from a variety of fields share their recommendations for individual actions – large and small – that can make an impact locally and globally.
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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News

A team of researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute and six Chinese universities has identified genes in spinach that regulate its concentration of oxalate, which is responsible for “spinach teeth,” as well as genes that help the plant combat downy mildew, a major disease of commercial crops.
  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

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