Why Study Soils?

soil evaluating ryegrass
Many people treat soil like dirt, yet it is a vital natural resource. After all, our food system depends on a healthy terrestrial ecosystem. Our work in the interdisciplinary field of soil science can be divided into the following areas:

  • Soil Biology 
  • Soil Chemistry
  • Soil Physics
  • Soil Geology (Pedology)
  • Soil Fertility & Nutrient Cycling

Studying soil science prepares you for many different cutting edge careers in modern science. 

Hydrology, the studying of how water moves and where it comes from, encompasses pricipals of soil physics and soil chemistry. If you are interested in solving water quality issues and studying the effects of climate change on the ecosystem, soil science helps you build a strong foundation for future research efforts.

If you're passionate about creating sustainable agriculture production methods, you can study soil fertility, nutrient cycling and pedology to truly understand soil for crop production and the soil's needs. 

Want to learn more about studying the science of the dirt beneath our feet? 

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