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Undergraduate Programs

Get Your Hands Dirty

As an undergraduate student in Crop and Soil Sciences, you will take courses specific to your program of study and in the basic sciences. You can tailor your program to your specific interests with elective courses. What’s more, you can strengthen your skills in public speaking, writing, economics, statistics, and computer science. 

All programs lead to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Bachelor's Degrees

Plant and Soil Sciences

The Plant and Soil Sciences program has six specialty areas from which students can choose from.

Soil and Land Development

Students with a Soil and Land Development degree are ready for careers in which they can use their knowledge of business and science to make land-use decisions that are both economically and environmentally sound. This degree option offers a business-oriented Land Development concentration as well as a science-oriented Soil Science concentration.

Natural Resources

In this degree option, we offer students a broad base in resource management with an opportunity to select a specialization in Soil Resources or Soil and Water Systems. Students following the Soil Resources concentration will develop knowledge of basic soil properties and to relate soil capabilities to a broad spectrum of land uses. Students in the Soil and Water Systems concentration will understand the integrated role of soil and surface and groundwater hydrology.

#1 Turfgrass Science Degree

TurfNet Magazine ranked our Bachelor of Science degree as the top Turfgrass program in the U.S.

Turfgrass Science

Why is our Turfgrass Science program ranked #1 in the US?

We offer students:

  • Classes taught by the best turfgrass scientists and extension specialists
  • A state-of-the-art teaching field lab for hands-on learning
  • Courses that cover the basics of environmentally sound turfgrass management

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Science attain rewarding careers in golf course and athletic field management, home and industrial lawn businesses, sod production, recreational park turf management, agri-business management, and agri-business sales, among others. View a sample 8-semester program of study for a B.S. degree in Turfgrass Science

Environmental First Year Program

For students who have a strong passion for the environment, but are not sure how to pursue that path or the options available to them, the Environmental First Year Program (ENVFY) provides the opportunity to discover the breadth of NC State environmental majors, minors and careers they may not have considered.  A collaboration between the College of Natural Resources, the College of Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, ENVFY encourages students to explore environmental options at NC State, from geosciences to sustainable materials, and everything in between. Students develop working relationships with faculty who are not only experts in their field, but passionate about the environment and supporting students. By building on these relationships, and gaining hands-on experiences outside the classroom, students leave the program excited to pursue pathways in fields related to environmental conservation and sustainability.

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is proudly a founding member of the ENVFY program.

Minors

Find Your Passion

With four minors to choose from, students can specialize in areas that interest them, including Crop Science, Soil Science, Turfgrass Science, and Agroecology.

Crop Science Minor

Open to all baccalaureate students except those majoring in Plant and Soil Sciences. Students receive a strong background in a variety of disciplines connected to crop production. Classes clarify the role crop species and rotational sequences play in agricultural enterprises. Contact: Joan I. Huertas joan_huertas@ncsu.edu.

Turfgrass Science Minor

Students learn to identify and select turfgrasses for the most appropriate use in various environments. They design management programs that optimize the performance of turfgrass species while minimizing adverse environmental impacts. The minor is open to all baccalaureate students except those majoring in Turfgrass Science. Contact: Dr. Rich Cooper rich_cooper@ncsu.edu.

Soil Science Minor

The Soil Science minor is intended to strengthen understanding of physical, chemical, and microbiological soil properties relevant to a student’s particular land management interest. These interests may include but are not limited to: Forestry, Geology and Natural Resources. Contact: Dr. David Crouse crouse@ncsu.edu.

Agroecology Minor

Students gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural systems and obtain skills in analyzing ag systems from a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach. Designed for students majoring in Biological Sciences, Plant & Soil Sciences, Horticultural Science and Animal Science, but is open to all students. Contact: Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno michelle_schroeder@ncsu.edu.

Undergraduate Certificates

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Enhance Your Career Prospects

Our online non-degree certificate programs offer the same rigorous course of study as our undergraduate programs. Students must complete 15 credit hours to earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science or Soil Science. This is an online program, and no application for admission is required. 

Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science

The program courses cover the importance of agronomic crops for the state and national economy; the interaction of agronomic growth, development and yield with environmental factors; sound and sustainable production systems for agronomic crops; scientific and societal issues related to biotechnology applications in crop production; and the marketing and distribution of these crops and their relation to overcoming world hunger. Learn more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science.

Undergraduate Certificate in Soil Science

Dream of becoming a soil scientist? The Soil Science undergraduate certificate program offers the 15 credit hours necessary for students to become a licensed soil scientist in some states or, nationally, a certified professional soil scientist. To complete the program, students must take three undergraduate-level courses and two graduate-level courses. Learn more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Soil Science.

Associate Degrees

Learn Directly from the Experts

Ready to dive into a career but need some technical skills? Get hands-on training and career-ready knowledge with a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Turfgrass Management or Field Crops Technology.

Turfgrass Management

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Well-trained turfgrass managers are in high demand. If you love working outdoors and maintaining beautiful surroundings, a career in turfgrass management may be right for you. Turfgrass managers establish and maintain grasses for functional (erosion control), recreational and ornamental purposes. They manage people and budgets and use their knowledge of plants and soils to produce high-quality, visually appealing turfgrass areas.

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Field Crops Technology

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North Carolina and the world need professionals trained to answer the tough questions of how we are going to feed and clothe everyone and provide enough grain for food, fuel, and feed. The Field Crops Technology program gives students a basic understanding of how field crops grow and management decisions influence yield; how proper soil management enhances farm profits; reducing farm inputs to maximize crop yields while protecting the environment and natural resources.

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