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!
December 16, 2014
"Digging In" Agrilinks interview with Dr. Thompson
December 15, 2014
CSES Scholarship Newsletter, 2014
December 11, 2014
2014 Virginia Tech Crops Judging Team Wins
November 13, 2014
Announcing the third Roy E. Blaser Distinguished Lecture
Oct. 20, 2014
Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week: Takeshi Fukao
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
Dr. Galbraith receives NCSS Achievement Award
Jul 01, 2014
2014 CSES Spring Semester Dean'sList
Jun 01, 2014
Departmental Outstanding Senior Awards