Welcome to the Program of Soil Science


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Soil Science Overview

The Soil Science (SS) program is ideal for those students interested in soil and water conservation, soil and water quality, mined land reclamation, use of soils for construction sites, waste water treatment, and wetland preservation.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science is one of the six undergraduate fields of study offered within the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences. Graduates will be prepared for positions in soil survey, soil and water conservation, wetland delineation, and environmental management with the federal or state governments, private industries, private consulting, or cooperative extension. This major also prepares students for graduate programs in earth science, environmental science, or soil science. Students can choose an area of emphasis in land use or in watershed management depending on their career goals.

Minors can be combined with major fields to broaden or further focus the student’s academic studies. Those students that are interested in learning more about the relationship of soils to environmental protection and agriculture production can chose a minor in Soil Science.

Soil Science is one of the areas in Agronomy that graduate students in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences can choose from a thesis or a nonthesis option for a master's degree. The M.S. program in Soil Science provides advanced study in such areas as the characteristics and management of soils for growing plants, treating wastewater and reclaiming mined lands and other drastically disturbed sites.

Doctoral level graduate students can pursue a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences with an emphasis in Soil Science.