The central focus of crop and soil science is the production of food, fiber, and energy, as well as understanding the critical and diverse role of soils in agricultural production and in sustaining our environment. Students choose one of three options for their academic track:
- Crop Science: the emphasis is on plants and their use to produce safe and affordable food for human consumption, feed for animals, and fiber and energy for everyday needs.
- Soil Science: explores the diverse role of soils and provides knowledge for making economically and environmentally sustainable soil use and management decisions.
- Sustainable Agriculture: students learn about economically viable agricultural systems that promote land productivity, energy efficiency, environmental stewardship and rural community viability.
Sustainable Agriculture Option
In addition to options in crops or soils, sustainable agriculture is also an option for students to specialize their major. In this option, students will learn to:
- produce food within the framework of sustainable agriculture systems
- market sustainable agricultural products in local, national and international areas, and
- promote land stewardship and rural community development.
An example of the courses you may take in this option include:
- sustainable agriculture
- organic production systems
- world food and population
- sociology of rural life
- integrated pest management
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