Develop expertise in the sustainable use and management of soils with a degree in Soil and Land Resources from the University of Idaho.

M.S. and Ph.D. Soil & Land Resources

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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Bldg.
Phone: (208) 885-7984

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2336
Moscow, ID 83844-2336

Dig Into Soil Ecosystems

Pursue your degree by digging deep into the field of soil science. Develop valuable expertise about the soil ecosystem and address soil issues related to sustainable agriculture and the environment while conducting lab-based experiments in a program where much of your learning will occur in independent research for your thesis or dissertation. 

Fast Facts

  • Our collection of more than 240 soil monoliths is the largest in the Western U.S.
  • Conduct a wide variety of soil analysis in our Soil Sciences Laboratory
  • Work with our scientists who have unlocked secrets of Brassica plants
  • Work on cutting-edge research projects funded through the USDA, NSF, DOE, NASA and other agencies
  • Participate in interdisciplinary programs such as Environmental Science and Waters of the West
  • Agricultural Waste Management Specialist
  • Independent Environmental Consultant
  • Soil Fertility Management Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Professor


Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement


Nearly all graduates earn a job in their field after college.
Degree Roadmap Find a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed – from taking care of preliminary items associated with starting your graduate studies at the University of Idaho to finishing your degree – at the College of Graduate Studies.
Degree Prep To prepare for courses required to earn a degree in Soil and Land Resources, we recommend you:
  • have an undergraduate science degree
  • develop strong analytical, critical-thinking, computer and communication skills
Scholarships Over 400 scholarships are offered exclusively to College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) students based on GPA and other qualifications. Learn more.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.
Financial Aid To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.
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Hands-on Learning
  • Soil monolith collection
  • Soil Sciences Laboratory
  • Plant Science farm
  • Research and Extension centers
  • Inland Northwest Research Alliance, Idaho National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
  • USDA–Natural Resources Conservation Service Pathways Program