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The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences faculty are aligned with these interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees aimed at feeding the world and saving the planet.

Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS)

IPS majors explore the science of plant development and production from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines. All students in the program take a core set of interdisciplinary courses selected to give them a solid foundation on which they can build expertise in a specific discipline. Of the seven majors available, those in which we are most heavily involved are highlighted below. More detail is available on the Integrated Plant Sciences site.

  • Agricultural Biotechnology – The Agricultural Biotechnology major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of genetics, plant pathology, entomology, organic and biochemistry, crops and soil sciences, horticulture, and micro and cell biology.
  • Field Crop Management – The Field Crop Management major is ideal for students interested in agronomy, crop production, and plant, soil, and pest management.
  • Turfgrass Management – The Turfgrass Management major is geared toward students interested in pursuing careers as golf course managers, athletic field managers, or personnel managers in those venues.

Agricultural and Food Systems (AFS)

AFS majors emphasize gaining a solid background in the agricultural sciences, including learning to work with and in the complexity of agriculture and food systems. All students take a core set of classes in order to develop a broad interdisciplinary background while also studying specific subjects that prepare graduates for their chosen fields. An internship related to the student’s focus area is included in these requirements. Of the five majors available, the four in which we are most heavily involved are highlighted below. More detail is available at the Agricultural and Food Systems site.

  • Agricultural Technology and Production Management – Students in this hands-on major gain a science-based overview of agriculture and food systems, with an emphasis on the practical application of technology to agricultural production systems.
  • Agricultural Education – Combining the best of both agriculture and teaching, the Agricultural Education major prepares students to educate the next generation of agricultural leaders and consumers.
  • Organic and Sustainable Agriculture – At WSU, we teach you about innovative agricultural systems, like organic, no-till, and agroforestry, that produce food in ecologically mindful ways, yet remain productive, profitable, and socially just.
  • Agricultural and Food Business Economics – The Agricultural and Food Business Economics major gives students what they need to succeed in the world of food and agricultural business. This major provides students with a knowledge of business and economics practices as well as a deep understanding of animal, plant, and food systems.
  • Agriculture and Food Security – Students in this major are the protectors of the world’s plant-based food supply. The Agriculture and Food Security major prepares students to manage plant pests and diseases from a holistic perspective.

 

Contact:

Colette Casavant
Academic Coordinator
(509) 335-8406
Hulbert 423

Undergraduate minors:

WSU Catalog:
Crop Science Minor

Contact: Arron Carter

WSU Catalog:
Soil Science Minor
Contact: John Reganold

WSU Catalog:
Geospatial Analysis Minor

Contacts: Colette Casavant

WSU Catalog:
Agricultural and Food Systems Minor
Contact: Colette Casavant

Undergraduate Certificate:

Organic Agriculture
Contact: John Reganold

More Information

WSU Catalog:

Advisors

JD Baser

J.D. Baser

Agriculture Education Advisor
(509) 355-2846
249 Johnson Hall

Colette Casavant.

Colette Casavant

Agriculture & Food Security, Field Crop Management, and Turfgrass Management Advisor
(509) 335-8406

Rebecca Liao Cance.

Rebecca Liao-Cance

Agriculture and Food Business Economics Advisor
(509) 335-1667

John Reganold

John Reganold

Organic Agriculture Systems Advisor
(509) 335-8856
257 Johnson Hall

Adelaide Snider

Agricultural Biotechnology Advisor
(509) 335-9502

Anna Warner in front of a building

Anna Warner

Agricultural Education Advisor
509-335-1172

Tadd Wheeler.

Tadd Wheeler

Agricultural Technology and Production Management Advisor
(509) 335-7001
233W Johnson Hall