Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences - Soil Science
School of Agriculture & Food Sciences

Program description

Soil Science is 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), will benefit from a solid background in soil science.


Program options

Degree options

Soil Science is offered as a minor option and is open to students in all faculties.

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses
  • Pesticides: Environment, Economics and Ethics
  • Remediation of Contaminated Land
  • Land Use and Environment
  • Soil and Water Management

Professional opportunities

  • Crop and Soil Specialists
  • Environmental Consultants
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Soil Science is offered as a minor in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences. Visit the Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) Agricultural and Food Sciences application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?

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.


Important links

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences 
Department of Soil Science 
Graduate Programs