Welcome to the website of the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech. For more than 105 years, our department has served the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia with knowledge and practice for sustainable crop production and land management. Our vision is to be a pre-eminent department for teaching, research, extension, and outreach to provide sustainable ecosystem management and improved environmental quality.
We are a highly interdisciplinary department with expertise in both Environmental and Agronomic (crops and soils) sciences. We are committed to improving present and future human health and livelihoods and environmental quality through a deeper understanding of processes and functions involving living organisms, soil, and water in intensively managed and degraded ecosystems. We focus our strong expertise in agronomy, plant improvement, breeding, and genomics; and environmental science on the improvement of agroecosystem productivity and environmental quality in a variety of rural and urban landscapes. We also have a strong and growing focus on improving food security in developing countries, and our faculty and students are actively conducting research and outreach in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Our award-winning faculty conduct research and outreach programs that create positive impacts in Virginia and around the world. More than 230 students are currently enrolled in our two undergraduate degree programs, Environmental Science, and Crop and Soil Science. More than 50 graduate students are studying for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. We are committed to individual and personal attention and outstanding learning opportunities for our students, both inside and outside the classroom.
Come and explore what our department has to offer!
Mar 01, 2014
Rhonda Shrader employee of the month
Mar 01, 2014
Water cluster hires celebrated
Feb 03, 2014
Slides of student trip to Senegal
Dec 18, 2013
Rory Maguire selected as Scholar of the Week
Dec 16, 2013
CSES research in Senegal featured by USAID
Nov 19, 2013
Virginia coal fields restoration project
Oct 30, 2013
2013 Southeast Region Soil Judging Contest
Oct 16, 2013
CALS and World Food Day share mission
Oct 10, 2013
Sept 13, 2013
CALS names two new assistant deans
Sept 5, 2013
John Fike part of successful multidisciplinary team