What is a Short Course in Soil Science?

part of Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Soil Science studies the outer shell of the Earth in which vegetable life can develop with the proper nutrients. You will learn how different types of soil form, how to measure fertility, the chemistry of soils and which types of soil are better for growing various plant life.

Soil Science is a discipline that plays an important role in the agricultural production, the assessment of environmental quality and product toxicity. In agriculture, Soil Science provides great tools for researching the reaction of various types of soil to fertilizers, tillage practices, or crop rotation. This information is essential to help farmers and other landowners make correct decisions for their businesses and the environment. Soil Science is also useful for providing expertise when it comes to construction projects, drilling procedures and forestry companies.

A student of Soil Science can become an expert in the improvement and manipulation of land productivity, waste management, agro-meteorology, rehabilitation and preservation of soil, water management, and much more. Academic programmes blend an in-depth theoretical knowledge of processes and properties of the soil environment, with field surveys and lab work.

Career prospects for graduates in Soil Science include: horticulture consultant, as well as farm manager, plant geneticist and conservation planner. Professionals also work in the landscape business, soil technical audit and in the food production industry.

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