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What is plant and soil sciences?

Plant and soil sciences graduates are crucial to meeting society’s need for food, livestock feed, fiber and fuel through the conservation and management of plant and soil resources.

Why study plant and soil sciences at OSU?

As a plant and soil sciences major at OSU, your learning experience will include field-based classes, numerous laboratory experiments, non-traditional classroom settings and hands-on learning. You can work alongside faculty in areas such as biotechnology, crop production, environmental remediation, plant breeding and genetics, plant physiology, soil chemistry, soil nutrient management, soil physics, water quality and weed science.

Career paths

The current job market for degree holders in plant and soil sciences remains very strong with current signs pointing to continued growth in the future. Graduates have the opportunity to become part of one of the most rapidly-growing industries in the world, help produce a stable and safe food supply or protect and utilize our nation’s greatest natural resource – soil.


awarded by the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences each year


Precision agriculture

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is a leader in the field of precision agriculture with the development and implementation of the GreenSeeker and Canopeo technologies.


Fast fact

Currently, wheat varieties developed by OSU total about 3.3 million acres of wheat and account for nearly half of all Oklahoma wheat acres.


A strong network

The department will give you access to a strong student network and peer support group. You will have the opportunity to interact with, and work alongside, faculty members in research and Extension activities in both formal and informal settings.


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