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

Moonshadow joins ‘galaxy’ of colorful tomatoes
Moonshadow, a new variety of grape tomato, is a high-flavor, traditionally bred tomato derived from crosses with heirloom varieties. It’s aimed at organic growers, small farms and home gardeners.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Food
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Mario Herrero and Johannes Lehmann each made the 2021 list of most influential scientists.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
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Cornell researchers have published the 2021 results of their annual flowr and foliage plant trials, which they've conducted since 2014 and outside the Cornell Botanic Gardens' Nevin Welcome Center since 2019. Visit the annual trials program...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants
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At the Central American and Caribbean Crop Improvement Alliance (CACCIA), scientists are dedicated to building a food-secure future for the region. CACCIA — one of four centers of innovation through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Cornell researchers have developed an innovative technique to track microbes and understand the various ways they process soil carbon, findings that add to our knowledge of how bacteria contribute to the global carbon cycle.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Bacteria

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Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York State, and the United States of America.  We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.