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.
Agroecology is the study of the ecological, environmental, economic and social interactions of agricultural production systems. In this program students learn about the latest practices and research innovations in sustainable agriculture locally and internationally through classroom studies, hands-on experiences, and field trips. This is a multi-disciplinary concentration that will prepare students for a diversity of employment opportunities. Agroecolgy Program Information
Agronomic Business Concentration
The Agronomic Business concentration prepares students for careers in marketing, management, sales, and/or other economic segments of agribusiness. A sound business background coupled with knowledge of production agriculture make graduates in this program uniquely qualified for agri-business careers.
Agronomic Science Concentration
This program is designed for students who wish to establish professional careers in crop science or crop production research. It is a concentration that will be especially beneficial for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in agronomy, plant breeding, genetics, plant physiology, or crop physiology. Our graduates continue their education and become scientists who improve the production and quality of food, feed, fiber, and fuel crops.
Crop Biotechnology Concentration
The Crop Biotechnology concentration in the Plant and Soil Science major is designed for students who would like to focus on agricultural biotechnology. Crop biotechnology tools allow scientists to improve agronomic crop pest resistance, drought tolerance, yield and nutritional quality. In addition, new research is directed toward producing critical pharmaceutical and industrial compounds in agronomic crops. Hands-on classes allow students to learn the latest techniques used to map plant genomes and genetically enhance food, feed, fiber, fuel and pharmaceutical crop plants. Plus, students get an understanding of how the crops developed and improved through biotechnology react and interact within a farm production environment.
Internships give the student an opportunity to decide if they would like a more lab based career versus a more field based career. Many students are interested in bridging the gap between the lab and the field to determine how well technologies developed in the lab perform in the real world.
Students considering the Crop Biotechnology concentration might benefit from exploring the NCSU Extension AgBiotech Portal and the NCSU Crop Science Biotechnology Facebook group
Crop Production Concentration
This is a degree program that prepares students for careers in farm management, crop advising, and technology development. Production of food, feed, fiber and fuel crops is big business and requires a thorough understanding of how plants grow, how the environment impacts crop productivity and production options, and how management and marketing decisions affect farm profits. This concentration is a science-based curriculum that allows students to choose from a wide range of plant science courses and career path electives.
For information related to these concentrations contact:
Joan I. Huertas
Soil Science Concentration
The Soil Science concentration is administered through the Department of Soil Science and this concentration expands upon the basic integration of crop and soil sciences to provide a special focus on the soil resource. A strong science-based curriculum expands career opportunities to include both the agricultural and non-agricultural fields. Graduates will have the course requirements to become licensed soil scientists. Students interested in this program can find more information at: http://www.soil.ncsu.edu/