Students major in Crop and Soil Science for many reasons including one or more of the following:
Crop and soil scientists use their natural curiosity and enthusiasm for science to help solve some of the toughest problems facing humanity: producing sufficient and affordable food for an increasing population and doing it in a way that protects and preserves our environment. Crop and soil scientists are also involved in protecting soil and water resources and preventing surface water and groundwater pollution.
Many professional crop and soil scientists work closely with farmers, providing information and recommendations to help solve crop and soil related problems, develop nutrient management and soil conservation plans, and design integrated pest management strategies. In all cases crop and soil scientists strive to make agriculture efficient, environmentally sound, profitable, and sustainable for future generations.
There are six faculty in the crop and soil science program within the plant and earth science department who teach core courses and advise students in the major. Courses directly supporting the major are taught by faculty in environmental science, geology, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, and biology. Modern and well-equipped laboratories, computer facilities, and two laboratory farms round out an excellent setting for students studying in crop and soil science.
focuses on the production of food and fiber and understanding the resources used in that production. Students choose the Crop Science, Soil Science or Sustainable Agriculture option for their academic track.
Department of Plant and Earth Science
324 Agricultural Science
Crop and Soil Science is a program within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.