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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

Minor in 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.


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
  • extension
  • farm and greenhouse managers
  • park and golf course superintendents
  • agribusiness sales representatives
  • other biological science positions requiring a bachelor's degree.


Training available in plant pathology at KSU includes the following areas:

  • Diseases of Kansas crops (wheat, corn, sorghum, soybean, sunflower, turf, and horticultural plants)
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Genetics/biotechnology/genomics/bioinformatics
  • Host-plant resistance
  • Molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions
  • Pathogen biology
Course Requirements (15 credit hours)
Required (5 credit hours):
Course numberCourse titleCredit hoursTerm offeredInstructor(s)
PLPTH 500Principles of Plant Pathology3SpringDr. Chris Little

PLPTH 585 or


Crop Diseases

Landscape Diseases




Judy O'Mara
Plus 3 additional hours in Plant Pathology, such as:
Course numberCourse titleCredit hoursTerm offeredInstructor(s)
PLPTH 495Undergraduate Research in Plant Pathology0-3Spring, Summer, and FallRichard Todd
PLPTH 587 / HORT 587Turfgrass Diseases and Their Management1FallJack Fry
PLPTH 610 / AGRON 610Biotechnology3FallHarold Trick
PLPTH 730Plant Nematology 3Spring (even years) Tim Todd 
PLPTH 732 / AGRON 732 / ENTOM 732Introduction to Plant Resistance to Pests Fall (even years) Mithila Jugulam /  Tim Todd 
PLPTH 755 Plant Resistance to DiseasesFall (even years) Tim Todd
PLPTH 765 Integrated Plant Disease Management Fall Jessica Rupp 
Plus at least 7 additional hours as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog page for the Plant Pathology minor.

Contact Us

Plant Pathology Minor Coordinator
Dr. Megan Kennelly




Kansas State University
Department of Plant Pathology
4024 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506-5502


Ph: +1-785-532-6176

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