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.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Crop and Soil Sciences
The Crop and Soil Sciences program has three specialty areas from which students can choose. Career opportunities in these areas are plentiful as national demand is far outpacing the number of graduates.Learn more about careers
Students gain understanding of how plants grow, how the environment impacts crop productivity, and how management and marketing decisions affect profits. Graduates of this program will feed and clothe a growing global population.
Through hands-on classes, students will gain new understanding of how the crops developed and improved through biotechnology react within a farm production environment. Plant breeders graduating from this program will develop the seeds used by the next generation of food producers.
Soil is the skin of the earth and foundation of life. This science-based curriculum expands students' career options in ag and non-ag fields. Graduates obtain the course requirements to become licensed soil scientists working to sustain soil and water quality.
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.
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
The Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems major has a strong foundation in the science of sustainable agriculture and food systems. This major integrates agriculture, horticulture, soil science, entomology, and ecology together with social sciences and economics to create a flexible experience for our students.Learn more about the program
Students can choose from the following three career path concentrations below.
Agroecology Research and Production
Interested in the deeper science of sustainable agriculture production practices, research, and graduate school opportunities in agriculture, entomology, horticulture, soil sciences and related sciences?
Community Food Systems
Interested in food policy and education, nutrition, food security, community impacts, and graduate school opportunities in sociology, economics, education and other disciplines related to food?
Natural Resources - Soil, Water and Land Use
In this degree, students acquire a solid foundation in resource management with a focus on soil properties and surface and groundwater hydrology. Graduates will use their understanding of earth's systems to help policy makers, government agencies, and private land managers make environmentally responsible decisions related to soil, water, and land use.
Crop Science Minor
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: Undergraduate Programs Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turfgrass Science Minor
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 email@example.com.
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: Undergraduate Programs Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.Learn More
Field Crops Technology
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.Learn More