The Department of Crop and Soil Science solves problems related to field crop agriculture, natural systems, rural and urban economies, and natural resource management.

Get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Crop and Soil Science

As an undergraduate, you'll have many chances for hands-on learning. Research opportunities for students include projects in breeding plants for food, oil and other uses, the science behind soil health, small farm operations and more, while your required internship will introduce you to the different career options available to you once you graduate. Student club activities will help you hone your leadership skills, positioning you for an exciting career in agronomy, soil science, or plant breeding.

Learn about Graduate Programs

The Department of Crop and Soil Science offers graduate work in the following areas:

Crop Science & Production

We're committed to acquiring, integrating and sharing basic and applied knowledge about field crops and cropping systems in an ever-changing world.
Learn about crop science and production »

Soil Science

We strive to understand the structure and function of the earth's surface. Our broad discipline includes soil biology, chemistry, physics, fertility, and pedology.
Learn about soil science »

Our Students

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Yan Yan | Crop and Soil Science | Chongqing, China 

OSU Hiking Club President | CAS Ambassador | Class of 2022

First-generation female college student in the US

Top prize for Branch Experiment Station Research Poster/Presentation

for the 2020 CAS Undergraduate Research Showcase 


Samuel Hoefler | Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science | Meadville, PA

Head Grower at Prūf Cultivar | Transfer Student | Ecampus


  • Save The Date! Hyslop Farm Field Day 2023

    We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Hyslop Farm Field Day again as an in-person event. Hyslop Farm Field Day has been a long-time open house for sharing the work of the faculty of CSS and our USDA-ARS partners with the public. This year’s Hyslop Farm Field Day event is scheduled for May 24th, 2023. 

  • Now Hiring Assistant Professor - Soil Scientist - Pedology

    The department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Soil Science Assistant Professor position with expertise in pedology, soil genesis and morphology, soil landscape analysis or related areas.  Candidates that bridge these areas with other soil science disciplines that are complementary to the existing strengths of the department are also encouraged to... Read More



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Welcome Dr. Gabe Flick

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Welcome Dr. Udayakumar Sekaran

Dr. Udayakumar Sekaran joined the Department of Crop and Soil Science at the Malheur Experiment Station as Assistant Professor with research and...