Graduate Field of Soil & Crop Sciences

Examine the intersection of agricultural & environmental systems

    Soil and Crop Sciences degree programs offer students the opportunity to develop new knowledge that addresses environmental and agricultural problems related to soils and crops, from fundamental to applied. All graduate degree programs in the Field of Soil and Crop Sciences are individualized to suit students' interests, backgrounds, and goals.

    The mission of the Soil and Crop Sciences Section is to generate and communicate knowledge pertaining to agroecosystems and their sustainable management in the face of accelerating global change.

    Graduate Field of Soil and Crop Sciences

    The Field of Soil and Crop Science brings together faculty with expertise in the highly integrated disciplines of production agriculture, crop biotechnology, seed science, soil science and environmental information sciences. The field consists of the following five concentrations:

    • Agronomy
    • Field Crop Science
    • Soil Science
    • Environmental Information Systems
    • Environmental Management (M.P.S. only)

    Master of Science (M.S.)

    Soil and Crop Sciences degree programs offer students the opportunity to develop new knowledge that addresses environmental and agricultural problems related to soils and crops, from fundamental to applied. All graduate degree programs in the Field of Soil and Crop Sciences are individualized to suit students' interests, backgrounds, and goals.

    Students at the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) level may apply for admission to the M.S. program. 

     

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or M.S./Ph.D.

    Soil and Crop Sciences degree programs offer students the opportunity to develop new knowledge that addresses environmental and agricultural problems related to soils and crops, from fundamental to applied. All graduate degree programs in the Field of Soil and Crop Sciences are individualized to suit students' interests, backgrounds, and goals.

    Students at the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) level may apply for admission to the M.S., or M.S./ Ph.D. program. Students currently at the M.S. level may apply to the Ph.D. program.

    Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Agriculture and Life Sciences

    The Master of Professional Studies is an accredited, one-year, course-based master’s degree program that prepares individuals for the 21st-century workplace through knowledge development and career skillset refinement. The specialized, course-based instruction led by world-class faculty broadens expertise and expands versatility.

    The CALS MPS degree program in has two main components:

    1. Coursework: The suggested curriculum includes a balance of courses to build both professional and disciplinary competencies. Students work with a faculty advisor to customize their course of study based on their area(s) of interest.  While the majority of the courses (20 of the required 30 credits) will be in CALS, students have the flexibility to take electives across Cornell.
    2. Capstone project: With the guidance of a faculty advisor, MPS candidates undertake an applied capstone project to fulfill the MPS degree requirements. The MPS project offers the opportunity to apply newly-acquired problem solving tools to real world issues, providing valuable insights as students embark on their post-graduation careers.

    MPS students are part of a cohort of CALS professional master’s students specializing in diverse fields of study. The program is fast-paced and rigorous. Professional master’s students have a dedicated support organization, offering career guidance and professional skill development.

    MPS Areas of Specialization

    A cover crop demo

    Plant Protection

    The increasing demand for agricultural products is driving both an increased value of agricultural products and value of protecting those products from pests.  These trends are creating an increasing demand for trained pest management professionals to work in long-term positions with corporations or government agencies and to work as shorter term consultants.

    Geospatial Applications

    There is growing demand for students with advanced geospatial modeling and analysis skills to manage and interpret vast quantities of information. Graduates seek employment in a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, government agencies, consulting, public health organizations, financial institutions, private industry and not-for-profit entities, providing location intelligence for decision-making.