• Overview
  • Dig deep into the field of soil science.

    Soil is a vital natural resource essential to human survival. In this program, you will develop valuable expertise about the soil ecosystem and build the research skills to address soil issues related to sustainable agriculture and the environment.

    Much of your learning will occur during your independent research in the form of a thesis or dissertation. You might conduct lab-based research on topics like heavy-metal contamination, selenium toxicity, or biopesticides for soil-borne pests. Or you could go out into the field to track water flow through soil, examine the origins of Idaho’s soil, or explore environmentally friendly ways to boost crop production.

  • Degree Fit
  • This program could be a good fit if you:
    • Hold a science-related undergraduate degree
    • Can think critically about complex problems
    • Are interested in sustainable agriculture and the environment
    • Want to conduct independent research in the field
    • Have strong computer and communication skills
  • Career Outcomes
  • With this degree, you could become a/an:
    • Agricultural waste management specialist
    • Independent environmental consultant
    • Soil fertility management specialist
    • Research technician
    • Research program leader
    • Professor
    • Research scientist
    • University extension educator
    • Consultant