University Catalog 2023-2024

Crop Science (Minor)

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The minor in Crop Science is offered to all undergraduate students at NC State University, with the exception of those enrolled in a major within the Department of Crop & Soil Science. This minor provides a basic understanding of the requirements for successful field crop production and the role crop species and management practices play in a broad spectrum of sustainable agricultural enterprises. The flexibility of the course selection permits a student to focus on the particular aspect of Crop Science most related to the student's career plans. The Crop Science minor is a perfect complement for students majoring in Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Education, and Biological and Agricultural Engineering.  


Admission to the minor requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Students should contact the Crop and Soil Sciences Undergraduate Programs Office to inquire about adding the minor no later than the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.


The minor should be declared as soon as the student makes the decision to pursue a minor. Minor coursework must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program.

Contact Person

Undergraduate Programs Office
Crop & Soil Sciences Department
2234 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620

SIS code:  11CSM

Plan Requirements

A minimum of 16 hours is required for the minor in Crop Science. Students are required to complete 4 credits of required courses and a minimum of 12 credits of restricted elective courses. A minimum grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required in each course selected. No courses for the minor may be taken using the S/U option.

Required Courses
CS 213Crop Science3
CS 214Crop Science Laboratory 1
Elective Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Introduction to Turfgrass Management
Plant Genetics 1
Southern Row Crop Production - Cotton, Peanuts, and Tobacco
Southern Row Crop Production - Corn, Small Grains and Soybeans
Seeds, Biotechnology and Societies
Introduction to Agroecology
Production of Forage Crops
Crop Ecology
Plant Breeding
Weed Science
Integrated Pest Management
Seed Physiology
Advanced Agroecology
Special Topics in Crop and Soil Sciences
Total Hours16

If you have successfully completed ANS 215 Agricultural Genetics/HS 215 Agricultural Genetics or GN 311 Principles of Genetics prior to enrolling in the Crop Science Minor, you may not receive credit for CS 211 Plant Genetics towards the Crop Science Minor. You must select other courses from the elective list.