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