Understand how soils form, and how to identify and classify them. Learn the characteristics of contaminated and depleted soils, how they affect water quality, and what can be done to make them healthier. Take field trips to collect soil samples for analysis, from windblown silts in the south of the state to glacial sands in the north. Prepare for a career in agriculture, industry, construction or an environmental field.
In hands-on laboratories, you will learn techniques for measuring plant nutrients, soil and water contaminates, microbial numbers and activities, and soil water, and its flow patterns. You will learn to identify and classify soils. More hands-on opportunities are available at our plant science farms and computer-controlled greenhouses. You’ll learn from teachers whose research probes some of the field’s most pressing issues.
Most of our students complete an internship the summer between their junior and senior year.