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Department of Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Road
4024 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6176
Fx: +1-785-532-5692

Undergraduate Program

What is Plant Pathology?

Plant pathology is the study of plant diseases, their causes, effects, and control. Keeping plants healthy requires an understanding of the organisms and agents that cause disease as well as an understanding of how plants grow and are affected by disease. The expanding interest in the quality of our global environment and increasing global demand for high quality food, fiber, tree and ornamental plants provides many opportunities for graduates with training in plant pathology.

Undergraduate Minor Option

Coordinator: Dr. Megan Kennelly

A plant pathologist is a professional who specializes in plant health much as a physician specializes in human health or a veterinarian in animal health. Opportunities for graduates with plant pathology minors include basic and applied research, international development, teaching, crop consulting, and extension. In addition, plant pathology expertise is useful for farm and greenhouse managers, park and golf course superintendents, agribusiness sales representatives, and other biological science positions requiring a bachelor's degree.

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Undergraduate Research & Employment Opportunities

Coordinator: Dr. Richard B. Todd

Undergraduate research for credit and research employment opportunities exist in our labs. View current open positions.

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Contact Us

Dr. Megan Kennelly
Plant Pathology Minor Coordinator
Email Dr. Kennelly
Ph: +1-785-532-1335


Dr. Richard B. Todd
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Email Dr. Todd


Ph: +1-785-532-0962