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The Section of Soil and Crop Sciences combines concern for the environment with the necessity to produce food, both of which are becoming increasingly important. Our subject inherently is interdisciplinary and future oriented, and this provides our students with skills essential for many of tomorrow's careers. In fact, the diversity of career opportunities for our graduates is increasing.

Faculty in the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences provide leadership and/or actively support four multi-disciplinary and multi-departmental undergraduate majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, namely the Agricultural Sciences major, the Plant Sciences major, the Environmental Sciences and Sustainability major, and the International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD) major.

Agriculture at the Center

Agriculture—and humanity's need to sustain food production and retain environmental integrity—is at the center of the growing concern about humanity's future. At the center of agriculture are the soil, water, and biological resources that link the environment with human society. Through these resources, humanity changes and is changed by the earth's ecosystem. Perhaps the greatest challenge for our undergraduate students will be meeting these interrelated human and environmental needs. Training in our department will prepare you to help solve these problems. Our students learn the physical and biological science that should be raised in the context of larger social debates regarding agriculture, environment, conservation, and sustainability. They develop the special career skills that prepare them to work on the technological aspects of solving these important problems.

Admissions and More Information

For general information about admissions, contact the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Admissions office. For specific information about the undergraduate programs in this section, contact the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences, 232 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (607-255-5459).