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.
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Our Students

Le'Waski Watkins with Hemp

Le'Waski Watkins | Horticulture and Crop & Soil Science | Tuscaloosa, AL

CAS Leadership Academy | First Generation College Student | Class of 2023

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Eric Giovanni Soto | Crop & Soil Science with Agronomy option

The Dalles Oregon | First-generation college student

Men's Soccer Club Goalkeeper | Class of 2022

MANRRS Chapter President and Community Representative Officer



  • 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. More details to come.



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