sm_stormWaterManagementOur department is always looking for good students, and we are fortunate to have some of the best and brightest currently enrolled. During your time at NC State University, the faculty and staff in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences are dedicated to providing you the best education possible.

As you advance through your degree, we encourage you to take advantage of both the formal and informal learning opportunities within our department. The formal opportunities are obvious, and are listed in the menu to your left. On that menu you will see resources listed that will assist you with selecting courses for your plan of work, determining requirements for various degrees, as well as links to distance education opportunities.

Completing your degree is only the beginning. The real works begins after the diploma is in hand. As you prepare for the work force, know that our network of graduates are ready to assist in the transition. Perhaps you will find your way to research program managed by one of the Crop and Soil Sciences family. Or perhaps you join a consulting firm started by one of our graduates.

Regardless of the path you take from Williams Hall, you will always be one of us, so we want to make sure we stay in touch. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to register for our newsletter so we can keep you informed of the exciting changes in the department.


Undergraduates receive a broad education in the basic sciences at NC State University (chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology), in addition to courses in crop production, soil fertility, soil classification, soil physical properties and soil-crop management, students can study water management, forestry, crop management, geology, resource management, and turf management. The curriculum is strengthened with courses to improve speaking and writing skills along with economics, statistics, and computer science.

Graduate Students

The Crop and Soil Sciences Department offers several graduate education opportunities to prepare for careers with public and private organizations in soil and environmental sciences. In addition to thesis-based Master of Science and Doctoral programs, three non-thesis Master options are also available for those who prefer to expand their education of soil science without a research emphasis: the Soils option in a Master of Natural Resources is a campus-based program, whereas a Master of Soil Science is available as both a campus-based and a distance education program. Our students find employment opportunities with consulting firms, government organizations, or academia.

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