Department of Crop & Soil Sciences

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University serves the Land Grant tradition by offering nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate education programs, conducting fundamental and applied plant and soil research, and extending the science of our disciplines to serve the public.
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#39 US News and World Report places WSU at #39 for Best Global Universities for Agriculture Sciences.
#55 QS World University Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry places WSU at #55 worldwide.

Degree and Certificate Options

Master’s Degree (MS) or Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Crop Science

Crop Science specialization areas include Plant Genetics and Crop BreedingCrop Physiology, and Crop Ecology, Management and Production. While students may elect to specialize in one area, excellent opportunities are available for the development of graduate research projects integrating two or more areas.

Master’s Degree (MS) or Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Soil Science

Soils may be studied either as natural bodies or as a medium for chemical and biochemical interactions for transport of water, solutes and heat, and for plant growth. Washington State University is located in one of the best geographical areas in the world for the study of soils as naturally occurring bodies. Graduate programs are usually designed to specialize in the physicalchemical, biological, mineralogical, geomorphological, or fertility aspects of the soil system.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture provides post-baccalaureate students with an interdisciplinary understanding of practices and current issues in sustainable agriculture, along with the science that makes it work.  Students who earn the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture may take these skills into all industries and agencies involved in the food chain; from production, processing, and delivery to policy, regulation, and education.

Undergraduate Certificate in Organic Agriculture

The Certificate in Organic Agriculture is an 18-credit undergraduate program that can be taken along with a major in another field, or as a stand-alone educational experience. The certificate is ideal for professionals working in agriculture or related fields who require in-depth knowledge of organic systems, those wanting to pursue a career in organic agriculture, anyone interested in beginning a community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise, home gardeners, as well as current WSU students in other majors at WSU with an interest in organic agriculture.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

As part of Washington State University and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment for students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve and in which we operate.  

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Department News

WSU crop sciences graduate receives fellowship a second time

Olufunke Ayegbidun is researching the specific genes responsible for high levels of iron and zinc in wheat. She is also exploring how wheat varieties with those genes can be bred faster, making them more nutritious and beneficial for consumption.

WSU, BYU release three new quinoa varieties bred for global food security, nutrition

PULLMAN, Wash. — Passed from grower to grower, three new quinoa varieties co-developed at Washington State University are helping farmers in Rwanda and other African countries improve nutrition and food security.
Scientists at WSU and Brigham Young University today announced the release of Cougar, Shisha, and Gikungu, new varieties of quinoa, a seed crop rich in B vitamins, minerals, and fiber and one of the few plant sources of complete protein.
“These three are the best of the thousand lines shared with us by our colleagues at BYU,” said Kevin Murphy, director of WSU’s Sustainable Seed Systems Lab. 

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