Getting Your Undergraduate Degree in Soil and Crop Sciences
Want to develop the science, practices, and technology to feed the world while minimizing the environmental impact of agriculture?
Soil and Crop Sciences provides hands-on training and expert instruction that will equip you to solve current global challenges in soil, plant, and environmental sciences.
The demand for students with a fundamental understanding of soil and crop sciences combined with technical and data skills has never been greater. Our graduates go on to exciting careers in industry, government, entrepreneurship, and academia, with 84% employed within 6 months of graduation.
The College of Agriculture awards approximately 445 scholarships totaling more than $1,060,000 annually.
We offer six concentrations that enable each student to align their coursework with their specific interests.
Agronomic Production Management
Prepare to launch your career in production agriculture or agribusiness by combining business and economics with technical soil and crop science courses and experiences. Students gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge tools such as precision agriculture and biotechnology. Graduates go on to careers in agronomic business managers in seed, chemical, and fertilizer companies, agricultural cooperatives and agricultural consultant services. Concentration Sheet
Applied Information Technology
Big data and precision tools are revolutionizing agriculture. Companies are eager for students that combine a strong background in soil and crop sciences with technical and professional skills. Students in this concentration utilize advanced information technology to drive decision making in crop production, soil and environmental management, and to develop new technologies. Coursework in computer science, data analytics, and GIS/GPS prepares you for exciting and well-paid careers. More Information >>
International Soil and Crop Sciences
Our world has never been more inter-connected. Many of the most exciting opportunities to improve agriculture are spread around the globe. International corporations are seeking graduates with global agricultural literacy. Students in this concentration gain a deep understanding of the diversity of agriculture around the world, and graduate with the knowledge and skills to address global food production challenges. Concentration Sheet
Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding
Crop improvement, whether through traditional breeding or genetic engineering, is one of the most important drivers of agricultural improvements. New technologies enable unprecedented abilities to develop varieties of crops that are more nutritious, resilient to climate change and disease resistant to enable sustainable agriculture. Career opportunities, available in both the public (USDA, universities), and private sectors, include basic research, plant breeding, product development and sales, and many other areas. More Information>> Concentration Sheet
Soils are the most complex and diverse habitats for life on earth. Soil health is critical to human well-being. The soil ecology concentration emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of soils through the study of soil organisms and their interactions with each other and the soil physical and chemical environment. These interactions affect the cycling of elements including carbon and nitrogen, the release (or consumption) of greenhouse gases, water quality, soil formation and structure, and plant productivity. Career opportunities exist in academia, state and federal health and environmental agencies, natural resource agencies (water and soil), state and national parks services, private industry as environmental assessors, and in the rapidly growing environmental consulting profession.
Soil Restoration and Conservation
Globally, about half of our soils are degraded from erosion or pollution. Want to help restore our soils and prevent further degradation? This concentration focuses on the application of basic science with technical Crop and Soil Science courses to Soil and Water Resource Management. Exciting careers in industry, consulting, non-profit organizations, government, and research await.
Interdisciplinary Minor in Organic Agriculture
Demand for organic foods continues to grow every year, reflecting consumers interest in how their food is grown. Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. This program is for agriculture and horticulture students considering a career in organic food production, or for any student concerned about the environmental and sociological impacts of conventional agricultural practices and interested in alternative approaches. Participating students are enrolled at Colorado State University and receive their degree from their home department, with completion of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program recorded on their official transcripts. More Information >>
Minor – Soil Science
Interested in learning more about the amazing world of soils? This minor is offered to students desiring to complement their major with a strong knowledge base in the principles and applications of soil science. Concentration Sheet
Minor – Soil Restoration and Conservation
Interested in restoring the health of our soils? This minor enables students to gain a fundamental understanding of soil science and management to equip them for exciting careers. Concentration Sheet