Welcome to the website of the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech. For more than 100 years, our department has served the Commonwealth of Virginia with knowledge and practice for sustainable crop production and land management. We are an interdisciplinary department with expertise in both environmental and agronomic (crops, turf, and soils) sciences. We are committed to improving present and future human health, livelihoods and environmental quality through a deeper understanding of processes involving plants, living organisms, soil, and water in intensively managed and degraded ecosystems. We focus our expertise in agronomy, plant improvement, and environmental science on the enhancement 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, with our faculty and students conducting research and outreach in some of the world’s poorest countries.Our award-winning faculty carry out research and outreach programs that create positive impacts in Virginia and around the world. More than 250 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. and 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"

CSES "by the numbers"

  • Number of on-campus faculty members 23
  • Number of off-campus faculty: 7
  • Faculty who are College Endowed Professors: 2
  • Faculty who are international professional society fellows: 5
  • Faculty who are editors of scientific journals: 6
  • Undergraduate students: more than 250
  • Graduate students: 52

Erik Ervin

Dr. Erik Ervin


Oct 17, 2017
Soils Judging Team win

Oct 06, 2017
2017 Agronomy Club peanut sale

Oct 06, 2017
TEAM approach to Haiti's development challenges

Sept 22, 2017
Soil judging team on path to victory

July 31, 2017
Industrial hemp research at Virginia Tech

July 27, 2017
2017 Spring Semester Dean's List

July 24, 2017
Students learn about food security

June 14, 2017
Arctic soils tour

June 06, 2017
Ozzie Abaye receives Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research

May 31, 2017
Virginia certified horticulturists keep region growing  

May 24, 2017
Erik Ervin named Scholar of the Week

May 09, 2017
John Galbraith named Scholar of the Week

May 03, 2017
Virginia Tech Finishes 6th at National Soil Judging Championship

Apr 26, 2017
Wade Thomason receives Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension

Apr 26, 2017
Ozzie Abaye receives Alumni Award for Excellence in International Outreach

Apr 17, 2017
Carl Zipper Scholar of the Week

Apr 07, 2017
Board of Visitors approves School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Apr 07, 2017
Virginia Tech scientists: Cattle-associated antibiotics disturb soil ecosystems

Apr 505, 2016
"Climate Change on the Last Frontier" screening

Mar 06, 2017
Dr. Ervin and Jen Stewart interviewed for NextStep U Magazine – How to Land a Lab Position in Your Undergraduate Years.

Feb 5, 2017
2016 Fall Semester Dean's List

Feb 02, 2017
VT alumnus has the National Mall covered

Jan 23, 2017
New Website for Translational Plant Science Experiential Learning Fellowship

Jan 20, 2017
VT partners with commmonwealth & Israeli food company

Jan 6, 2017
Careers in Turfgrass Management

Dec 09/ 2016
2016 Annual soybean breeders tour

Dec 08, 2016
Crops contests & study abroad Australia

Nov 29, 2016

Griffey reappointed W.G. Wysor Professor of Agriculture

Nov 18, 2016
Cadets chosen to highlight the colors at the Notre Dame game

Nov 14, 2016
Charles Hagedorn honored with emeritus status

Oct 25, 2016
Tom Thompson named associate dean and director of international programs

Oct 24, 2016
Hemp Production Video

Oct 14, 2016
2016 Soil Judging Regional Winners

Oct 06, 2016
Agronomy Club Peanut Sale

Oct 05, 2016
2016 Pumpkin Sale

0ct 03, 2016
Carol Wilkinson - Scholar of the Week