Field at San Luis Valley Research Center.

Doctor of Philosophy in Soil and Crop Science

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

The Doctor of Philosophy in Soil and Crop Science has many comprehensive research programs, which develops 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.

Because of Colorado’s exciting and diverse landscapes, a variety of soil systems – agricultural, forest and rangeland – are available for study by graduate students in the department. The Colorado Front Range also presents a unique opportunity to study the effects of urbanization on rural soil and water environments.

The Faculty has a strong history of collaboration, both within and outside the Department, and encourages Graduate Students to conduct their work in a cross-disciplinary fashion. With connections to Engineering, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, and more; the Department provides a creative and dynamic learning experience for Graduate Students committed to the study and application of soil science.

Before You Apply

Because of our strong collaborative ethic, we require you to have an advisor prior to applying to the doctoral 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.

Aerial view of almost completed construction site for three story academic building on CSU campus

Nutrien Building

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

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Related Interests

  • Agriculture
  • Agroecosystems Management
  • 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.