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Master of Science in Soil and Crop Science, Agroecosystems Management

Do You Want to Develop the Science, Practices, and Technology to Feed the World While Minimizing the Environmental Impact of Agriculture? 

The Master of Science in Soil and Crop Sciences Agroecoystems Management program has an emphasis on a systems approach to research that incorporates the interactions of the ecosystem with soil and crop management. Research extends across all the major ecosystems of Colorado including prairie and mountain environments, dryland and irrigated agroecosystems in the semi-arid plains, and rangelands.

Major research emphases are precision crop and nutrient management and management systems that improve efficiency of crop water use. Additional research emphases include soil carbon and nutrient dynamics in cropping systems, beneficial use of manures, biosolids, and other wastes, crop variety development, forage management, and development of biofuel and other alternative crops.

Local studies are integrated to the global scale including efforts focused on global climate change and carbon cycling. Emphasis is on understanding processes and mechanisms controlling the interaction of soils, plants, nutrients, and climate. Research opportunities in agroecology include field studies, state of the art analytical laboratories, and computer simulation modeling.

Before You Apply

Because of our strong collaborative ethic, we require you to have an advisor prior to applying to the master’s program. Be sure to fully understand our application requirements before you apply.



Where You’ll Find Us

Teaching at ARDEC.

Agricultural Research & Development Center

Work directly with crops and livestock at this research and teaching complex — one of nine around the state.

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Nutrien Building

Our Soil and Crop Science Graduate Programs will return to the Nutrien Building when it opens the spring of 2022.

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Related Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Soil and Crop Management
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Related Careers

  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental or Crop Consulting
  • Government Agencies and Non-Profits Organizations
  • State and National Park Services Seed, Chemical, or Fertilizer Companies
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Department Advisor

Kierra Jewell

For more information, contact Kierra Jewell, Academic Contact for the Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate programs.