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Ph.D. in Soil Science - Legacy program as of Spring 2012

photo of Soils Student working in the fieldProgram Overview: The Soil Science graduate program offers graduate work leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with areas of specialization in rizosphere science, soil biogeochemistry, soil chemistry, soil fertility and plant nutrition, soil genesis and classification, soil management and conservation, soil microbiology and biochemistry, soil mineralogy, soil and water environmental quality, soil physics, and precision natural resource management.  Our faculty has a wide array of intrestests in agricultural, environmental, and basic soil science questions.

Application and Assistantships: Click here for application information.

Requirements: Click here to see the requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Soil Science.

Graduate Student Handbook: PDF last revised July 2011.

Degree Program Description: Preparation for graduate work in soil science should include course work in soil science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Students will be expected to make up deficiencies in any of these areas early in their graduate study. Doctoral candidates have flexibility in designing course work to suit individual goals, but are expected to demonstrate competence in basic areas of soil science, familiarity with a minor area of study, and excellence in their chosen area of specialization as demonstrated by novel research leading to a published dissertation.  Click on this link to learn more about application information and financial support .

Careers: See our alumni page  to learn more about our graduates.

Research Areas: To learn about the various opportunities in this program, visit our research page or click on one of the faculty web profiles below.  

Contacts: To learn more about this program contact the Director of Graduate Studies or one of the scientists listed below.

Soil Science Faculty

Mary Arthur – Forest Ecology
Christopher Barton – Watershed Hydrology
Paul Bertsch - Environmental Soil Chemistry
Mark Coyne – Soil Biology and Biochemistry/Microbial Ecology
Elisa D'Angelo – Soil and Water Biogeochemistry/Microbial Ecology
David Ditsch – Soil Fertility
John Grove – Soil Fertility and Management
Paul Kalisz – Forest Soils
Anastasios Karathanasis - Pedology and Mineralogy
Brad Lee - Water Quality 
Christopher Matocha – Soil Chemistry
Luke Moe - Environmental Genomics and Biochemistry
Rebecca McCulley – Grassland Biogeochemistry
David McNear – Rhizosphere Soil Science
Tom Mueller – Soil Conservation and Management, Precision Agriculture
Lloyd Murdock - Soil Fertility
Robert Pearce - Soil Fertility
Olga Tsyusko - Environmental Genomics
Jason Unrine- Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Ole Wendroth – Soil Physics