Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas:

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences has two undergraduate majors and many minors to choose from for students who are passionate about pursuing careers in science, production, conservation and sustainability.

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Graduate Programs

Students interested in pursuing advanced degrees can choose one of our three concentations for the Master of Science degree, or complete a doctoral program in one of our 12 Ph.D. research areas.

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Our department is staffed with award-winning, nationally-recognized faculty members who not only serve students on campus, but also conduct research that benefits industries and communities across the state, nation and globe. 

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2024 Spring Soil Judging Contest

2023 Soil Judging Team Champions

Pictured L to R – Noah Solomon, Keara Taul, Katie Jansson, Jonathan Brye, Claire Meara, Sophie Sward, and Colten Nichols.

Dr. Brye and the Arkansas Soil Judging Team blew through the competition at the regional soil judging contest like a dust storm sweeping across the west Texas plains! The team took home first place overall and first place in team-judged pit.

Katie Jansson was first place individual, and Jonathan Brye took home second place individual.


The University of Arkansas Weed Team was crowned winner of both the 2023 Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) Weed Contest and the 2023 National Weed Contest held in Union City, TN on July 26. At the event, 221 students competed on 67 teams from universities across the United States and Canada. Members of the winning team were Tristen Avent, Pamela Carvalho-Moore, Jared Smith, and Sam Noe. The University of Arkansas took an additional team, with this group of students placing second overall in the SWSS Weed Contest. The second-place team consisted of Maria Carolina, Tanner King, Cole Woolard, and Juan Camilo Velasquez.

The group of eight University of Arkansas graduate students and one undergraduate took home a wealth of individual honors. Rhet Baxley, CPSC, won the Weed Identification portion of the contest at the regional and national levels. Jared Smith took home the most hardware after winning the Herbicide Symptomology and Weed Identification portions of both contests and being recognized as winner of the Farmer Problem in the SWSS Weed Contest. Jared ranked first overall among graduate students in the SWSS Weed Contest and National Weed Contest. Tristen won Written Calibration at the regional and national levels and tied with Jared for first place in Herbicide Symptomology. Tristen and Maria took second and third place overall, respectively, in the graduate student contest at the regional level.

Drs. Jason Norsworthy and Nilda Burgos, both faculty in the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department, coached the winning teams.


2023 Delta Classic

CSES Delta Scholarship Tournament Raises $21,000; 10 Students Awarded Scholarships


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