Soil and Crop Sciences
Every day, we are working on the critical science and technology necessary to meet the demands of future sustainable food systems. We are actively engaged in developing strategies to reverse climate change by integrating complex soil regeneration systems, leveraging genetics to develop resilient crops, and optimizing water conservation through data collection and analytics. Together, we are transforming environmental challenges into opportunities to reimagine how we feed a rapidly changing world and restore our fragile planet.
Research and Engagement
We leverage our expertise in plant genetics, ecosystem management, and soil science to transform environmental challenges into technological opportunities and sustainable agricultural practices. Our collaborative faculty engage our students, industry, and government stakeholders to fulfill Colorado’s growing needs.
SOIL | WATER | PLANTS | COMPOST | MANURE
We partner with the Department of Agricultural Biology in the College of Agricultural Sciences to offer our industry members soil analytics. We are outfitted to handle multiple sample types and can accommodate your unique sample requests.
Story of Impact
Planting a seed is more than just growing a plant, it’s a statement of hope and commitment to our future. First-generation graduate Patti Vail was at a pivotal moment when she joined Soil and Crop Sciences, having recently overcome personal struggles. By planting those first few hopeful seeds, Patti found success in her studies and the support and encouragement she needed to blossom into the scientist she has become.
Upcoming Department Events and News
Earthworms play important role in global food production, according to new CSU research
New research shows practices from the past will be key to future soil carbon solutions
Soil and Crop Sciences Degrees and Programs
Soil Science and Environmental Solutions – Concentration
Explore the interdisciplinary nature of soils through the study of soil organisms and their interactions with each other and the soil’s physical and chemical environment.
Sustainable Agricultural Management – Concentration
Help the agricultural economy prosper by combining practical business expertise with cutting-edge knowledge of data-driven sustainable agriculture.
Plant Biotechnology – Concentration
Apply advanced genomics to develop varieties of crops that are more nutritious, resilient to climate change, and disease-resistant to enable sustainable agriculture.
Ph.D. in Soil and Crop Science
Develop deep knowledge and understanding of soils, plants, microbiomes, genomics, or related topics through the development of original research under the mentorship of world-class scientists. Gain exposure and preparation in a range of career paths where you can make an important impact.
M.S. in Soil and Crop Science – Agroecosystems Management
Learn the skills of precision crop, nutrient, and management systems that improve the efficiency of crop water use and pest management.
M.S. in Soil and Crop Science
Develop an advanced understanding of soil, plants, microbiomes, genomics, or related topics while preparing for impactful careers.
M.S. in Soil and Crop Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics
Become a member of a comprehensive crop molecular genetics program involving molecular mapping and characterization of agronomically important traits in a variety of crops.
Soil Resources and Conservation – Minor
Through a fundamental understanding of soil science and management, gain knowledge and tools to help reverse soil erosion and degradation while sequestering carbon.
Organic Agriculture (Interdisciplinary) – Minor
Study holistic methods for food production that promote and enhance agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity.
Soil Science – Minor
Complement your major with a strong knowledge base in the principles and applications of soil science.
Seed Science and Technology
Prepare for positions in the seed industry with a comprehensive overview of seed analysis and a scientific understanding of seed biology.