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					NC STATE UNIVERSITY
Crop Science
                                                                        DEGREE PROGRAMS IN

                                                                                       The College of
                                                                          Agriculture             and
                                                                            Life Sciences
                                                                         C      rop scientists work to improve the productivity,
                                                                                profitability and quality of our major food, feed,
                                                                         fiber and specialty crops; to enhance the quality of our
                                                                         turf and vegetative cover; and to improve the nutritional
and economic health of our nation. These tasks are undertaken through means ensuring minimal adverse environmental im-
pact. A four-year degree program in agronomy at North Carolina State University includes core course work in the departments
of Crop Science and Soil Science and several allied departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.



Career Opportunities                        and agencies, specializing in areas such        sustainable agriculture, crop and forage
Students majoring in agronomy receive a     as plant breeding and genetics, molecular       management, crop chemistry and quality,
bachelor of science degree upon comple-     genetics, cytogenetics, biochemistry and        and weed science. Students in the depart-
tion of their studies. Graduates may be     regulation of plant growth, weed biology        ment may also pursue graduate degrees
employed as farm managers, soil conser-     and management, physiology, crop mod-           in Applied Genomics and Bioinfor-
vationists, golf course superintendents,    eling, crop utilization, conservation,          matics. Students seeking more general
extension agents, research technicians,     agroecology or turfgrass management.            training may enroll in the nonthesis
technical sales representatives, agronomy                                                   Master of Crop Science degree program.
                                            Course Work/Curriculum                          The latter is particularly suitable for
consultants, lawn care specialists, state
and federal government agronomists,         After completing introductory courses in        working professionals. Strong coopera-
agronomy communication specialists,         crop science and soil science, students         tion with other departments, U.S. De-
and in many other related positions.        pursue advanced study in weed science,          partment of Agriculture scientists and
Summer internships, part-time work and      crop ecology, plant diseases, soil fertility,   other land-grant universities greatly en-
cooperative participation in agronomic      soil classification, soil physical properties   hances these programs.
occupations provide valuable experience     and insect and disease management. To               Most students eligible for graduate
and assist students in finding rewarding    excel as an agronomist, students must be        work receive financial assistance in the
and satisfying employment upon gradua-      adequately prepared in these subjects           form of stipends, assistantships or fellow-
tion. Approximately 20 percent of           and in mathematics, statistics and com-         ships. Student support is competitive
agronomy graduates go on to graduate        puter usage. Each undergraduate student         with peer institutions across the country.
school.                                     chooses a specialty option in keeping           Tuition and health insurance are in-
    Numerous positions in teaching,         with his or her long-range plans. Options       cluded in financial assistance packages.
research and extension require study        are crop production, agronomic sciences,
                                            turfgrass management, agronomic busi-           Agricultural Institute
beyond the bachelor’s degree. Graduate
students specialize in one or more plant    ness and soil science.                          The Department of Crop Science also
science disciplines as they work toward a                                                   sponsors two curricula in the Agricul-
                                            Graduate Study                                  tural Institute at NC State University.
Master of Science or Doctor of Philoso-
phy degree in Crop Science. Students        The Department of Crop Science offers           The Institute is a two-year program in
with advanced training may pursue ca-       instruction leading to the M.S. and             the College of Agriculture and Life
reers in teaching, research or extension    Ph.D. degrees in the fields of plant            Sciences designed to provide technical
work at public and private institutions     breeding and genetics, plant physiology,        training leading to an associate of ap-
plied science degree. Students may pur-     Co-Curricular Activities                       Career Services
sue an associate of applied science de-     Students are encouraged to join and            In addition to faculty advisers who are
gree in either field crops technology or    participate in the Agronomy Club. The          available to provide information about
turfgrass management. The field crops       club serves as a means to foster a spirit of   career and employment opportunities,
technology curriculum focuses on prin-      cooperation among students and staff in        the College of Agriculture and Life Sci-
ciples and methods of managing and          the departments of Crop Science and            ences Career Services Office is available
marketing a broad range of field crops.     Soil Science and to stimulate interest in      to assist students and alumni. The Ca-
Graduates find employment as farm           agronomic work among students. Stu-            reer Services Office provides students
managers, farm service center managers,     dents who major in turfgrass manage-           with information about summer intern-
chemical sales representatives, seed        ment are encouraged to join the student        ships and co-op opportunities in their
producers and processors and with state     chapter of the Golf Course Superinten-         career fields and assists them in applying
and federal agencies. Graduates of the      dent’s Association of America. This club       for such positions. The Career Services
turfgrass management curriculum are         facilitates interaction among faculty and      Office also helps students write resumes
employed as golf course superinten-         students. Association membership also          and polish interview skills. The office
dents, industrial grounds managers,         provides students an opportunity to            arranges on-campus interviews for pro-
lawn care specialists and other related     travel to state and national competitions      spective graduates and publicizes employ-
occupations.                                and meetings and stimulates career             ment opportunities through e-mail and
                                            development.                                   the Web. Alumni are also able to take
Research
                                                                                           advantage of these services and are in-
Research emphases in Crop Science                                                          formed about employment prospects
include the use of molecular, cellular                                                     through a web site.
and quantitative genetic techniques to
improve plants; systems agriculture; weed
management; agroecology and sustain-
able agriculture; crop modeling; inte-
grated pest management; crop and forage         For more information:
management systems; forage animal               Undergraduate Programs                     Graduate Programs
research; precision agriculture and geo-
                                                Dr. Robert P. Patterson                    Dr. David A. Danehower
graphic information systems; seed tech-
                                                Undergraduate Coordinator                  Director of Graduate Programs
nology; turfgrass science and manage-
                                                Campus Box 7620                            Campus Box 7620
ment; plant chemistry and biochemistry;         North Carolina State University            North Carolina State University
and basic and applied physiology of crop        Raleigh, NC 27695-7620                     Raleigh, NC 27695-7620
plants.                                         Voice: 919.515.3666                        Voice: 919.515.3667
    Research programs are augmented by          FAX: 919.515.7959                          FAX: 919.515.7959
well-equipped laboratories, greenhouses,        E-mail: bob_patterson@ncsu.edu             E-mail: david_danehower@ncsu.edu
access to the NC State University Phy-
totron for controlled environmental                        Or visit us on the Web at http://www.cropsci.ncsu.edu/
work, and an excellent field station sys-
tem with a variety of environments and
soils ranging from the mountains to the
piedmont and the coastal plain and
black lands of Eastern North Carolina.




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