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, 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, 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, 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 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 60 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, inside and outside the classroom.
Come explore what our department has to offer!
Apr 13, 2015
2015 NACTA Soil Judging Contest
Apr 09, 2015
Dr. Abaye's World Crops class featured on WDBJ7 news
Apr 3, 2015
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Apr 02, 2015
Importance of Orchardgrass
Apr 02, 2015
2015 outstanding CSES alunni recipients
Mar 31, 2015
Special CSES Seminar Announcement
Feb 13, 2015
John Galbraith wins national soil science award
Feb 11, 2015
2015 CSES Graduate Student Research Symposium
Jan 29, 2015
2014 Fall Semester Dean's List
Jan 28, 2015
CSES Graduate Student Research Symposium
Jan 27, 2015
Heat stress causing Orchardgrass problems?
Dec 16, 2014
"Digging In" Agrilinks interview with Dr. Thompson
Dec 15, 2014
CSES Scholarship Newsletter, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
2014 Virginia Tech Crops Judging Team Wins