The department of Plants, Soils and Climate curricula emphasize understanding the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms that operate in the continuum of the soil, plants and the atmosphere; and how they affect management of a wide range of agricultural and natural systems.
The undergraduate teaching program facilitates the acquisition and application of knowledge, understanding and skills by students within their chosen field of study. The program also prepares students to develop lifelong learning skills, understand and appreciate diversity, be productive citizens of the world and be professionals in their vocations.
The department also provides training of undergraduates for graduate school and maintains a strong graduate program in biometeorology, plant science and soil science. The research that underlies the graduate program is conducted in biometeorology (micro- and meso-scale), crop biotechnology, crop ecology, crop physiology, crop science, horticulture (general and ornamental), plant breeding, soil microbiology, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, soil fertility, environmental soil and water science and arid landscaping.