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Crop Science

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Crop science provides an education in the basic sciences, with applications in crop plant management and crop improvement.

Opportunities are numerous and encompass a broad range in science, business, and education.

Students are especially qualified for graduate study in plant nutrition, environmental science, crop physiology and ecology, biotechnology and plant genetics, and plant breeding.

Alumna Testimonial: Julia Fibbe

Portrait of Julia Fibbe

I graduated in 2019 with a major in agronomy and minor in food and agribusiness management. I’ve been working as a developmental agronomist for Syngenta in Columbus, Indiana since then.

Growing up in Massachusetts wanting to pursue a career in agriculture, I knew that I would have to go out of state to get a good education in row crop production. After touring eight top agriculture schools, I fell in love with Purdue. I had an incredible tour of the College of Agriculture along with the larger campus. I met a few professors on my short visit to campus and felt like I was part of the Purdue family without even attending the school. I remember not wanting to leave campus after my visit and being excited about the possibility of joining the agronomy team.

Purdue Agriculture puts a lot of time and energy into their students and cares about their future careers from the moment they step foot on campus. The college does an incredible job creating a career fair that is inviting for both students and industry companies. They equip students with every resource needed to be successful at these fairs: from practicing elevator speeches to refining cover letters and resumes.

Attending Purdue University has set me up for a successful career in agriculture. As a developmental agronomist for Syngenta, I rely heavily on the knowledge and material I learned in my classes, even referring to material I saved. I also passed my Certified Crop Advisor exams following school to gain my certification; this would not have been possible without my Purdue University education.

After talking with other young professionals in the industry, I am even more certain that Purdue University is one of the best universities to attend to get a well-rounded education that will help you pursue your dream career.

Plan of Study

Crop Science Webpage

Transfer to Crop Science

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

(765) 494-4773

College of Agriculture

Careers in Crop Science

  •   Agricultural research scientist
  •   Agronomist
  •   Ag products development
  •   Certified crop advisor (CCA)
  •   Extension educator
  •   Grain and Commodity marketing
  •   Molecular/geneticist plant biologist
  •   Peace Corp/social action agencies
  •   Plant scientist
  •   Precision cropping systems manager
  •   Seed production

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