The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences provides courses, advising, and curriculum planning for several CALS undergraduate programs, including Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Science and Sustainability (formally Science of Natural and Environmental Systems), International Agriculture and Rural Development, and Plant Sciences. Students interested in crop and soil sciences are able to major in one of these programs to tailor their coursework according to their desired specialty. The department offers coursework in crop science, soil science and environmental information science that address the need for environmentally sustainable agricultural systems to produce food for a burgeoning world population. Coursework on nutrient and carbon fluxes in ecosystems addresses methods to improve nutrient use efficiency, improve soil health, and solve greenhouse-gas issues. Courses introduce students to productive and sustainable land use practices on regional, national, and international scales, and to remote sensing and geographic information sciences. Main thematic areas focus on food production systems, sustainable agroecosystem management, and linkages between agriculture and environmental change.
The Agricultural Sciences major is an interdisciplinary program for students wishing to pursue a broad-based education in agriculture to prepare for careers that require a scientific and integrative understanding of agriculture and food systems. Students can concentrate in one or more areas, including Animal Science, Agriculture Economics and Management, Education and Communication, Crop Production and Management, and Sustainable Agriculture.
The Plant Sciences major provides the opportunity to gain depth of understanding in the biology of plant systems, such as crop-weed competition, approaches toward genetic improvement of crops, and crop responses to environmental stresses.
Students in the International Agriculture and Rural Development major who take the Agricultural and Food Systems concentration gain an understanding of crop production in tropical systems and also economic and sociological issues in emerging nations.
T. L. Setter, chair (235 Emerson Hall, (607) 255-5459); D. H. Buckley, J. H. Cherney, W. J. Cox, S. D. DeGloria, A. DiTommaso, J. M. Duxbury, G. W. Fick, R. R. Hahn, P. Hobbs, L. V. Kochian, J. Lehmann, M. B. McBride, R. L. Obendorf, J. M. Russell-Anelli, M. R. Ryan, J. E. Thies, H. M. van Es, O. Vatamaniuk
A minor in Crop Management is available for students
with any major at Cornell University. The minor enables students with
majors in fields such as applied economics, communication, ESS, IARD and
sociology to gain technical and scientific knowledge for careers in
areas such as food production systems, evaluating effects of climate
change on food security, and policy related to agricultural
sustainability. Requirements: a total of 12 credits beyond those required of a student’s major from the following areas: 1) at least 3 credits of crop science (CSS 2110, CSS 4050, CSS 3170, CSS 4130, CSS 4140), 2) at least 3 credits of plant protection/pest management (CSS 3150, CSS 4440, ENTOM 2410, PLPA 3010), and at least 3 credits of soil science (CSS 2600, CSS 3210, CSS 3650, ANSC 4120, CSS 4660, CSS 4720).
Equivalent transferred courses can be substituted. For students with
majors such as Agricultural Sciences and Plant Science, addition of this
minor helps prepare them for the Certified Crop Advisor examination,
which provides an important credential for jobs in agriculture and
environmental management. For a complete list of requirements and eligible courses, view application form.
A minor in Soil Science prepares students for work on agricultural and natural ecosystems by learning to identify, understand and manage soils in agriculture and forestry in an environmentally responsible way. The soil science minor is available to students with any major at Cornell University; transfer credit can be used to meet requirements. Graduates with soils training can choose from a range of excellent professional opportunities and challenging careers, including those with government agencies. The minor requires 15 credits, with at least two courses (minimum 8 credits; CSS 2600 required) in soil science, and at least one course (minimum 3 credits) in environmental information sciences (CSS 4110, CSS 4200). Students qualify for the Civil Service classification as Soil Scientist (GS-0470) if they take an additional 12 credits in biological, physical, and earth sciences. Civil Service classification as Soil Conservationist (GS-0457) is achieved with the minor plus 12 credits in natural resources and agriculture and 3 credits in applied plant science. For a complete list of requirements and eligible courses, view application form.
Students wishing to pursue either the crop management or soil science minor should contact the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Prof. Antonio DiTommaso (firstname.lastname@example.org).