Undergraduate Program and Courses

The Department of Soil Science offers courses that apply to several of the Faculty's diploma and degree programs.

Diploma in Agriculture
B.Sc. Agroecology
B.Sc. Agriculture - Agronomy

Minor in Soil Science

Undergraduate students can also pursue a Minor in Soil Science. 

Why take a minor in Soil Science?
Soil Science is really the study of “the living land”. The soil is a fundamental part of the environment and the basis for life in terrestrial environments. The soil also affects aquatic systems and the atmosphere through ecosystem interactions. Students interested in ecosystem function, whether natural or managed (e.g., agricultural, forests), should have a good education in soil and landscape science.

What will I learn?
Our courses focus on different aspects of soils and landscapes. These include the fundamentals in biology, chemistry, physics as well as soil classification and development. However, many of the courses concentrate on the application of soils knowledge to address real-world problems. These relate to issues such as sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, ecosystem health, and climate change.

What are the employment opportunities?
The purpose of the Minor in Soil Science is to give students a recognized training that will supplement the core area of their major. For example, there are job opportunities as “Crop and Soil Specialists”, “Environmental Consultants” and “Landscape Managers”. All of these careers require good knowledge of the soil resource. A recognized minor will give the student a tremendous advantage competing for these jobs.

Does it matter what my major is?
Many Faculties at the University of Manitoba recognize Minor programs. Your major does not matter, as long as you have taken the prerequisite courses (or have instructor permission) for the soil science courses in the Minor program.

How do I enrol?
In most Faculties, you should declare your intentions to the Student Advisor for your program. They will then ensure that the courses can be scheduled and you will receive official recognition for the Minor in Soil Science on your transcript.

What are the course requirements?
The minor program requires the completion of 18 credit-hours. This is the standard minor requirement for most of the Faculties at the University of Manitoba.

  • Students must complete one compulsory course: SOIL3600: Soils and Landscapes in our Environment (3 credit hours)
  • They also must complete an additional 15 credit hours selected from the following courses (each course is 3 credit hours):

         Course Title
  SOIL 3060 - Introduction to Agrometeorology |Syllabus
  SOIL 3520 - Pesticides: Environment, Economics and Ethics | Outline
  SOIL 3600 - Soils and Landscapes in our Environment | Syllabus | Schedule
  SOIL 3610 - Field Methods in Land Resource Science |Syllabus
  SOIL 4060 - Physical Properties of Soils | Syllabus
  SOIL 4130 - Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy | Syllabus
  SOIL 4400 - Soil Ecology | Syllabus
  SOIL 4500 - Remediation of Contaminated Land | Syllabus
  SOIL 4510 - Soil and Water Management | Syllabus
  SOIL 4520 - Soil Fertility | Outline

Who should I contact for more information?

You can contact any of the professors in the Department of Soil Science to discuss these great opportunity. You can also email questions or comments to soilsci@umanitoba.ca.

Diploma in Agriculture Courses:
DAGR 0420 - Introductory Soils and Crops | Syllabus
SOIL 0420 - Soil Productivity and Land Use | Syllabus
SOIL 0620 - Soil Conservation and Management | Syllabus
SOIL 0630 - Soil Fertility | Syllabus

Undergraduate Degree Courses:
AGEC 3510 - Agroecology | Syllabus
AGEC 4510 - Applications in Agricology | Syllabus
AGEC 4550 - Project in Agroecology  | Syllabus
AGRI 1500 - Natural Resources and Primary Agricultural Production | Syllabus