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Water and Soil Resources

About this Degree

This area of emphasis promotes the assessment, conservation, and rehabilitation of the soil, water, wetland, and endangered species components of the natural landscape. The curriculum is broad-based, furnishing a comprehensive understanding of the physical and biological elements of the natural environment, an appreciation of the social, political, and economic forces that influence natural resources policy decisions, and the ability to analyze natural resource problems to forge realistic solutions.

This program is part of Warnell's Natural Resources Management and Sustainability degree.

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What you will learn

Learn about how water moves through soil, the layers of soil, how our soil and water systems support plant and animal life, and the effects of contaminants on these systems.

Other Programs Offered:

Students pursuing the water and soil resources area of emphasis in the natural resource management and sustainability major may be able to complete one or more of the following programs. Please consult your advisor for details.

Possible Job Titles:


Soil scientist


General Research Information:

Our water and soils faculty are involved in a range of projects, such as soil quality in working forests or how pollutants move through soil systems and into waterways. Undergraduate students are welcome to connect with faculty to learn more about research opportunities.


Students can meet the educational requirements for Certified Soil Scientist (by the Soil Science Society of America) and/or prepare for the certified hydrologist exam offered by the American Institute of Hydrologists.

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