Crop and Soil Sciences Degree Check Sheet

    Benefits of our program include small class sizes with tremendous faculty interaction at a lower cost.

    Crop and Soil Sciences are integral to the advancement of food and fiber production now and into the future. Sustainable cropping systems are vital to many rural economies, along with providing adequate food and fiber for a growing population. Soil conservation and nutrient management are key components to improved crop and forage production, water use management, and natural resource development. Working to improve plants is a key element in the effort to feed the world’s growing population and energy needs.

    The Crop and Soil Sciences major is based on real-world, field-based production practices. Students will also develop a strong foundation in chemistry, biology and problem solving skills. Students will gain practical experience in plant breeding methods, seed technology, entomology, weed management, and sustainable forage/cropping practices. 

    We partner with growers across the state and the U.S. to identify and solve challenges to soil conservation and crop production from invasive pests to water use technology. Our goals are to increase the safe, sustainable production of food crops for people and animals while improving and conserving soil resources.

    What courses are available?

    Students are required to take a full year of biology and chemistry, with supporting courses in mathematics, statistics, and business principles.  Courses specific to the Crop & Soil Science degree include:

    • Principles of Soil Science
    • Weed Management
    • Intro. to Crop Production
    • Case Studies in Cropping Systems Mgmt
    • Intro to Insect Pest Management
    • Principles of Cereal Crop Production
    • Intro to Plant Pathology
    • Principles of Oil & Fiber Crop Production
    • World Food Crops
    • Principles of Potato Production
    • World Soil Resources
    • Forage Production
    • Soil Morphology  & Classification
    • Irrigation Principles and Practices
    • Seed Production
    • Nutrient Management and Cycling

    Minors or supplemental courses available in Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Business Administration, Fisheries & Wildlife Conservation, and Rangeland Sciences.

    Career Paths

    Agricultural Science students are qualified for, but not limited to:

    • Agronomy field technician
    • Biologist
    • Chemical and fertilizer sales/buyer
    • Crop field scout
    • Farm manager
    • Farm product buyer/purchasing agent
    • Farmer
    • Fertilizer dealer/broker
    • First-line production supervisor
    • Pesticide and chemical applicator/handler
    • Precision agricultural technician
    • Private consultant
    • Soil and water conservationist
    • Soil mapping technicians