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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!

CSES Facts

  • Founded in 1908 as the "Department of Agronomy"
  • The name was changed in 1987 to "Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences"
  • Number of on-campus faculty: 22
  • Number of off-campus faculty: 6
  • Faculty who are College Endowed Professors: 2
  • Faculty who are professional society fellows: 4
  • Faculty who are editors of scientific journals: 7
  • Undergraduate students: 240
  • Graduate students: 52

CSES "by the numbers"

  • Number of on-campus faculty: 22
  • Number of off-campus faculty: 6
  • Faculty who are College Endowed Professors: 2
  • Faculty who are professional society fellows: 4
  • Faculty who are editors of scientific journals: 7
  • Undergraduate students: 240
  • Graduate students: 52

CSES News

Oct. 22, 2014
Song Li named assistant professor of crop and soil environmental sciences

Oct. 20, 2014
Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week: Takeshi Fukao

Oct. 17, 2014
Virginia Tech Qualifies for 2015 National Collegiate Soil Judging Championship

Oct. 16, 2014
Soil Judging Club Pumpkin Sale

Oct. 15, 2014
Agronomy Club Peanut Sale

Oct. 14, 2014
CSES contributes to sustainable agriculture in Senegal

Oct. 02, 2014
CSS Capstone students get hands-on experience

Sept. 05, 2014
Powell River Project symposium Sept. 10

Aug 22, 12014
World’s Best Soil Judgers 

Jul 02, 2014
Stephanie Kulesza, featured grad student of month for CALS

Jul 02, 2014
Dr. Galbraith receives NCSS Achievement Award

Jul 01, 2014
2014 CSES Spring Semester Dean'sList

Jun 18, 2014
US Student Teams Excel at First International Soil Judging Contest

Jun 01, 2014
Departmental Outstanding Senior Awards

May 16, 2014
Galbraith receives faculty Diversity Enhancement award

May 15, 2014
Wade Thomason recognized for contributions to Virginia agriculture

May 13, 2014
World Crops Food Lab

May 07, 2014
Virginia Cooperative Extension Centennial

May 05,2014
Soil Judging Team Captures 5th National Championship

Apr 24, 2014
Education abroad in Senegal

Apr 22, 2014
Garden project cultivates heirloom veggies, community ties

Apr 10, 2014
CSES Outstanding Recent Alumnus for 2014

Apr 10, 2014
CSES Outstanding Alumnus for 2014

Apr 02, 2014
Student Attends 2014 Congressional Visits Day

Mar 01, 2014
Rhonda Shrader employee of the month

Mar 01, 2014
Water cluster hires celebrated


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