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Graduate Field of Soil & Crop Sciences

Sustainable management of agroecosystems

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. 

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.

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. Several of the MPS specializations are highly relevant to soil and crop sciences.

Graduate Field Concentrations

The MS/PhD Graduate Field of Soil & Crop Sciences offers four concentrations:

  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science
  • Field Crop Science
  • Environmental Information Systems
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MPS Specializations related to Soil & Crop Sciences

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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.