Our faculty and staff realize that we must maintain a versatile and responsive educational program to train tomorrow's leading crop scientists. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs that provide highly trained individuals at all levels of our very diverse discipline.

Undergraduate Degrees

Our Bachelor of Science in Plant & Soil Sciences degree is a flexible program that allows students to choose from a wide range of programs, based on their personal interests and career goals. Students can select a concentration from six areas of study including Agroecology, Agronomic Business, Agronomic Science, Crop Biotechnology, Crop Production, and Soil Science. Each concentration provides a strong science-based foundation as well as technical and supporting courses related to each individual discipline.
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Graduate Degrees

The Department of Crop Science offers instruction leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of plant breeding and genetics, plant physiology, sustainable agriculture, crop and forage management, crop chemistry and quality, and weed science. Students seeking more general training may enroll in the non-thesis Master of Crop Science degree program. The latter is particularly suitable for working professionals. Strong cooperation with other departments greatly enhances these programs.
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Distance Education

The Department of Crop Science offers a distance education certificate in Agronomic Crop Production
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Academic Programs


Welcome to the Cooperative Extension component of the Crop Science Department. Our Extension Specialists work closely with field faculty in all of NC's 100 counties to deliver information and technology that make NC's diverse agriculture more profitable and ecologically sound. Our faculty is one of the largest and most diverse groups in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The current staff includes 17 specialists, two associates, 18 technicians, and six secretaries. Most extension faculty have joint research and/or teaching responsibilities and direct graduate programs. Several specialists have programs recognized nationally and internationally and three hold named professorships.

North Carolina agriculture is wealthy in diversity! Extension specialists work with all of our state's major commodities including corn, cotton, forages, peanuts, small grains, soybeans, tobacco, and turf. Additionally a new specialization, meat goat production, is finding a home in NC. Our Extension Specialists also provide leadership in the areas of seed extension and research, weed science, IPM, sustainable agriculture, and agroecology. Our faculty provide non-biased research-based information about each of these production systems, train students to be the next generation of NC farmers, and extend information to clientele.

To support these programs, most specialists conduct research on farms throughout the state, the 16 North Carolina research stations, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. As a result of these diverse, broad-based educational and research programs, there is strong support from, and cooperation with, faculty in other CALS departments and related public agencies, as well as with commodity, industry, and environmental groups

Extension Programs


Research emphases in Crop Science include the use of molecular, cellular, and quantitative genetic techniques for plant improvement; systems agriculture; weed management and modeling; integrated pest management; crop and forage management systems; forage animal research; plant chemistry and quality; and basic and applied physiology of crop plants.

Research programs are augmented by well-equipped labs, greenhouses, access to the NCSU Phytotron for controlled environmental work, and an excellent field station system with a variety of environments and soils ranging from the mountains, to the Piedmont, and to the coastal plains and blacklands of Eastern NC.

Research Programs