Crop and Soil Science
Building the foundation for the world’s largest industry.
As a student in agronomy and soils, you’ll apply the basic sciences — such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology and microbiology — to better understand the natural foundation upon which our entire industry is built. Graduates of this program protect our natural environment while producing the food, fiber and resources that improve life for billions every single day.
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In the production option, you’ll study food, feed, fiber, oil, forage and bioenergy crop production. Courses will prepare you for a career with public agencies such as state cooperative extension systems or the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Our graduates are also hired by agri-life companies and farm-advisory agencies, such as soil testing laboratories and other private consultants.
Our popular turfgrass management option focuses on turfgrass production and maintenance for golf courses, sports fields, home lawns and business turf. This academically rigorous option will also prepare you for graduate school or for a career as an agricultural extension specialist, sales professional or technical industry scientist.
Our science option will provide you with a scientific base that includes courses in soil morphology, chemistry and microbiology. This option will prepare you for a career as a researcher with agri-life corporations or state or federal agricultural research agencies. The science option is usually chosen by students who intend to pursue graduate degrees in any branch of the life sciences.
Soil, Water and Land Use
Soil, water and related resources are the foundation for land use planning and management in both rural and urban settings. Our soil, water and land use option provides the academic background for pursuing a career in soil science. This option will prepare you for a career in the consulting industry, state and federal regulatory agencies or research.
|Sports turf development and management||Golf course construction and management|
|Crop production||Farm management|
|Chemical research and development||Land use consulting|
|Agricultural climatology||Seed production|
|Weed science||Soil quality research|