The Crop and Soil Science sequence emphasizes the scientific aspects of agronomy including improving plant production, quality, and profit by utilizing plant genetics and breeding and improving the soil physical, chemical and microbial characteristics to enhance crop production.
Why Study Agriculture - Crop and Soil Science?
The Agriculture major at Illinois State offers a wide array of sequences to prepare students planning on working in any aspect within the agricultural industry. Students who graduate with a degree in Agriculture are not just limited to working on "the farm." They are desirable employees in various industries and career fields. Agricultural Science provides a broad background for working in the agricultural and natural resources industry.
Crop and Soil Science students participate in soil sampling and soil labs that take place at the Illinois State's University Farm. They also have the chance to participate in various soils judging contests around the United States through the Ag Science Club and judging teams.