The world population is rapidly approaching 7 billion, and increasing by 75 million each year. Feeding the world has always been a major challenge to human ingenuity. Therefore, the application of science to food production has been one of mankind's most important issues.
The Crop Science and Biotechnology program forsters the study of crops and environmental sciences in order to balance the interests of food production, fiber production, and the protection of the environment.
For undergraduate students, the Program in Crop Science and Biotechnology provides courses in crop breeding and genomics, crop molecular genetics and biotechnology, advanced technologies of crop production, agroecology, agrometeorology, environmentally friendly conservation of natural resources, crop physiology and weed science, crop ecology, forage crops, statistics, crop bioinformatics, and many other relevant fields. After the graduation, students will have diverse job opportunities related to agribusiness, banking, education, consulting, or the public sectors such as the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF) and the Rural Development Administration (RDA). Graduate students of agronomy can study the specific academic areas in eight laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art experimental facilities and experimental farms. The MS and PhD students can specialize in rice breeding and genomics, crop molecular genetics and biotechnology, soybean molecular breeding, crop physiology and weed science, crop ecology and precision farming, rice crop science and agrometeorology as well as medicinal and industrial crop science. Former MS and PhD graduates are currently working in universities, MIFAFF, RDA, research centers, and banks, as well as in international seed, agrochemical, and biotechnology companies.