Freshman

Course Selection

  • Take the first courses in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences – learn about the role of crops and soils in our environment.
  • Gateway Courses: CSES 1000 Introductory Crop Science.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your assigned academic advisor each semester to discuss your major and academic plan.

Comer Hall, home of the college of agriculture student advising

Gain Experience

  • Check your “This Week on Ag Hill” and “Find Your Career” e-mails to learn about ways you can get involved and gain experience on campus.
  • Consider applying for a job in the Department – many faculty hire student workers in their laboratories.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

Handshake

Get Involved

  • Join the College of Agriculture Student Services Facebook page for college and major updates, and internship and job postings.
  • Join Department and College organizations – become a member of the CSES Club.
  • Follow the College of Agriculture on our social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Think about the curriculum option you might want to pursue in CSES. We have four: 1) Science, 2) Soil, Water and Land Use, 3) Production, and 4) Turfgrass.
  • Gateway Courses: BIOL 1020/1030, CSES 2020 Basic Soil Science, CSES 3150 Weed Science.

Ask for Assistance

  • Academic Support provides several free resources to improve academic performance, including Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction and academic coaching.
  • If your grades are strong don’t forget to apply for scholarship support. We have many scholarships available in the Department. Your advisor can tell you how and when to apply.

Gain Experience

  • Consider traveling abroad. The college offers Study Abroad Scholarships to
    students studying abroad.
  • Apply to the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program. Students get to take part in job shadowing opportunities, networking opportunities, and see first hand where your degree can take you.
  • Join the Soil Judging team! One of the best in the nation, the Auburn University soil judges regularly qualify for national competitions.

Get Involved

  • Volunteer! Seek out opportunities that cater to your interest and also challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Join the American Society of Agronomy. Membership in the society is a valuable component of your professional career.
  • Travel with other CSES undergraduates to the national Agronomy meetings. While there you can participate in the Agronomy Quiz Bowl, give research presentations, or present a poster on club activities.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Move into advanced undergraduate coursework and start to learn the fine points of your chosen curriculum option.
  • Gateway Courses: CSES 5030 Advanced
    Crop Science, CSES 5020 Nutrient Management.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with a counselor in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance.
  • Consider moving to an Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program. This program allows you to graduate with a BS and MS degree in 5 years.

Gain Experience

  • Pursue opportunities for an internship.
  • Attend professional development events (Career Fairs, Etiquette Dinners, Workshops).
  • Work with a faculty member to write an Undergraduate Research proposal.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in your organization to exercise and enhance your skills.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Finish your college career with a strong compliment of advanced coursework.
  • Gateway Courses: CSES 4950 Senior Seminar.

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with the UCC to update your resume and cover letter.

Gain Experience

  • Attend AU Career Fair.
  • Attend professional conferences and take part in industry tours.

Get Involved

  • Gamma Sigma Delta is the Honor Society of Agriculture. The organization is dedicated to recognizing your academic achievements.

General Information

In the production option, you’ll study food, feed, fiber, oil, forage and bioenergy crop production. You’ll prepare for
a variety of careers with farm operations, farm-advisory agencies, agri-life companies, extension systems, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and more.

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Interests

Holland's Code: REI

  • Realistic
  • Enterprising
  • Investigative
  • Personality

    Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

    • ESTP
    • ESFP
    • ENFP
    • ESTJ

    *Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

    Values

    • Achievement
    • Independence
    • Recognition

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension
    • Science
    • Active Learning
    • Complex Problem Solving
    • Critical Thinking

    Job and Internship Opportunities

    RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Crop & Soil Science Majors

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    Last modified: August 12, 2020