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Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences (CSES)

Welcome to the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences! We strive to create a positive and creative learning environment for our students. We have dedicated faculty and staff who provide individual advising and equip our students for regional and global professions. Our goal is to make your experience with Virginia Tech and the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences one that will prepare you for an exciting future.

Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) Major

This major program features crop production, utilization of soils, and stewardship of the environment. Crop production agriculture feeds the world, and agriculture impacts our environment more than any other single industry! In the CSS program, students learn the fundamentals of plant science and improvement, and soil and environmental stewardship for feeding the world, protecting the environment, and producing quality turfgrass.

As a student in CSS you will learn the fundamentals of soil, plant, and environmental sciences to prepare you for careers ranging from integrated pest management to international development, from environmental legislation to biotechnology, from crop production to city planning. Students find employment in agribusiness (e.g. agricultural sales and consulting), soils-related activities (such as soil conservation and land-use planning), and other areas of environmental concern (e.g., biological control of pests and water quality assessment/control), as well as crop production (such as turf maintenance and farm management).

Graduates from the CSS program include professionals who monitor and work to improve water quality, who serve as agricultural loan officers for banks, who develop environmentally acceptable methods for protecting crops from pests, who advise municipalities on use of the land resource, and who maintain the greens and fairways at golf courses.