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Crop Management Minor

A minor in Crop Management can be used to broaden your experience and enhance your career prospects. You can tailor the minor to complement any major at Cornell University. The minor enables students with majors in fields such as applied economics and management, communication, ESS, IARD and sociology to gain technical and scientific knowledge for careers in areas such as food production systems, evaluating effects of climate change on food security, and policy related to agricultural sustainability. Students in biological and technical majors such as animal science, entomology and BEE can broaden their studies and enhance employment possibilities. Transfer credit can be used to meet requirements.

How to Apply

  1. Submit a copy of the application form and contact minor advisor Toni DiTomasso to discuss your interests in crop management and decide which courses you will take to satisfy the minor. 
  2. Complete the courses required for the crop management minor. 
  3. In your second-to-last semester, prior to pre-enrollment, meet with the minor advisor to determine if you have completed all requirements or if you need to take one or more classes your last semester. 
  4. After this meeting, email the Minor Coordinator, Leah Cook, with a copy to the minor advisor, listing any courses you need to complete in your final semester.

A final grade audit will be completed a few weeks after graduation, and the minor will be added to your academic record at that time. 


A total of 12 credits beyond those required of a student’s major from the following areas:

Crop Science (at least 3 credits)

PLSCS 2110/PLSCS 4050 Field Crop Systems 4 cr Fall
PLSCS 3170 Seed Science and Technology 3 cr Fall
PLSCS 4130 Physiology and Ecology of Yield 3 cr Spring
PLSCS/IARD 4140 Tropical Cropping Systems 4 cr


Soil Science (at least 3 credits)

ANSC 4120 Whole-Farm Nutrient Management 4 cr (only 2 may be counted towards minor) Spring
PLSCS 2600 Soil Science 4 cr


PLSCS 3210 Soil and Crop Management for Sustainability 4 cr Spring
PLSCS 3650 Environmental Chemistry 3 cr Spring
PLSCS 4660 Soil Ecology 4 cr Spring
PLSCS 4720 Nutrient Management in Agro-ecosystems 4 cr Spring

Plant Protection and Pest Management (at least 4 credits)

ENTOM 3410 Applied Entomology 3 cr Fall
PLPPM 3010 Biology and Management of Plant Diseases 4 cr Fall
PLSCS 3150 Weed Biology and Management 4 cr Fall
PLSCS/ENTOM 4440 Integrated Pest Management 4 cr Spring

Equivalent transferred courses can be substituted. For students with majors such as Agricultural Sciences and Plant Sciences, addition of this minor helps prepare them for the Certified Crop Advisor examination, which provides an important credential for jobs in agriculture and environmental management.

Contact Us

Prof. Antonio DiTomasso
903 Bradfield Hall

Leah Cook
135C Plant Science Bldg.