About This Degree
USU is the only university in the state that offers degrees in soil science.
The graduate programs in soil science are concerned with the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of the soil. This program is particularly strong in water-related issues, especially regional issues involving water and irrigation in the West. In particular, USU boasts unique and renown areas concentrating on digital soil mapping which aids in flood prediction, land restoration, using state-of-the-art environmental sensors to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, and tracking contaminant transport through soils caused by mountain snowmelt.
Students are able to focus their research on solving current issues and problems in areas including soil and water chemistry/biogeochemistry, soil biology and ecology, soils and nutrient bioavailability, environmental soil physics, soil and water management, soil genesis, morphology, and classification, and sustainable agroecosystems. Soil scientists fill the gap between engineers, geologists, and ecologists, and play a major role in ensuring that high-quality soil and water are available to current and future generations.
MS: Logan (Main Campus)
PhD: Logan (Main Campus)
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Career And Outcomes
Graduates in soil science can pursue the following careers:
- Soil scientists with government agencies
- Land management
- Soil testing
- Soil fertility research
- Fertilizer development
- Monitoring and remedying environmental pollution in soil and water
- Environmental consultants
- Fertilizer retail
- Irrigation system design
- Waste management
- Mine land reclamation
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