What is Plant and Soil Sciences?
The goal of plant and soil sciences is to meet society’s need for food, feed, fiber and fuel through the conservation and management of plant and soil resources. Students work alongside faculty who contribute to biotechnology, crop production, environmental remediation, plant breeding and genetics, plant physiology, soil chemistry, soil nutrient management, soil physics, water quality, and weed science.
Why Study Plant and Soil Sciences?
If you want to be part of one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world, help to produce a stable and safe food supply or protect and utilize our nation’s greatest natural resource – soil – a degree in plant and soil sciences may be for you! The current job market for degree holders in plant and soil sciences is the best it has been in the last 30 years with current signs pointing to further growth in the future. As a plant and soil sciences student, you will experience field-based classes, numerous laboratory experiments, nontraditional classroom settings and hands-on learning. Along with institutional instruction, our internship program will build your professional network, help you develop technical skills and prepare you for the workforce. Finish in 4 For each undergraduate degree program in CASNR, we have prepared example plans of how you may successfully complete your degree plan in four years.
Where Do You See Yourself?
Getting Involved in PaSS
In the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, we know that your college experience includes more than going to classes and studying. An important part of your education is professional development and putting classroom knowledge to use through clubs, professional organizations, and judging teams. These activities give you an opportunity to meet and learn from other students and professionals in plant and soil science. We strongly encourage you to join one of the professionally sponsored clubs because the connections you make will be important throughout your career.
Agriculture touches every aspect of your life every day. From the clothes you wear, to the food you eat, to the water you drink, to the air you breathe – agriculture is there. And, at the heart of agriculture is plant and soil science. Crop production, biotechnology, natural resources conservation, and biofuels are just a few of the critical areas of agriculture where we have very strong programs in teaching, research, and extension.
In the Oklahoma State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, our mission is to find the best ways to meet global demands for food, feed, fiber, and fuel while preserving and enhancing our soil and water resources. We have a great family of faculty, staff, and students who take pride in our commitment to cause positive change in the world! From the classroom to the field, we are working to develop systems that provide society’s most basic needs in a sustainable way.
The Plant and Soil Sciences Department at Oklahoma State University is an exciting place to study and work. Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and extension. We offer a comprehensive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in trying to solve some of the world’s most pressing needs with respect to food, feed, fiber, and fuel.