Crop Management Minor

Minimum 15 credits in Crop Management (PLSCS) and related coursework.

A minor in Crop Management can be used to broaden your experience and enhance your career prospects. You can tailor the minor to complement any major at Cornell University. The minor enables students with majors in fields such as applied economics and management, communication, environmental science, and global development to gain technical and scientific knowledge for careers in areas such as food production systems, evaluating effects of climate change on food security, and policy related to agricultural sustainability. Students in biological and technical majors such as animal science, entomology and BEE can broaden their studies and enhance employment possibilities. Transfer credit can be used to meet requirements.

Advisor: Toni DiTommaso
903 Bradfield Hall
ad97 [at] (ad97[at]cornell[dot]edu)


Crop Science

Complete at least one of these two courses:

  • PLSCS 2110 - Field Crop Systems (Fall, 4 credits)
  • PLSCS 4140 – Global Cropping Systems and Sustinable Development (Fall, 3 credits)

Plant Protection and Pest Management

Complete at least one of these courses:

  • ENTOM 3410 - Applied Entomology (Fall, 3 credits)                    
  • PLPPM 3010 - Biology and Management of Plant Diseases (Fall, 4 credits)
  • PLSCS 3150 - Weed Biology and Management (Fall, 4 credits)
  • PLSCS 4440 - Integrated Pest Management­ (crosslisted) (Spring, 4 credits)

Soil Science

Complete at least one of these courses:

  • PLSCS 2600 - Soil Science (Fall, 4 credits)
  • PLSCS 3210 - Soil and Crop Management for Sustainability (Fall, 3 credits)
  • PLSCS 3650 - Environmental Chemistry: Soil, Air, and Water (Spring, 3 credits)
  • ANSC 4120 - Whole-Farm Nutrient Management (Spring, 4 credits—only 2 may be counted towards minor)
  • PLSCS 4660 - Soil Ecology (Spring, 4 credits)
  • PLSCS 4720 - Nutrient and Carbon Cycling and Management in Ecosystems (Fall, 3 credits)


Equivalent transferred courses can be substituted. For Agricultural Sciences and Plant Sciences majors, consider concentrating in Crop Science to prepare for the Certified Crop Advisor examination, which provides an important credential for jobs in agriculture and environmental management.

To learn more about these courses,  visit the Courses of Study website.

How to Apply

Visit the Plant Science undergraduate minors webpage for more information about how to apply for this and related minors.