Degrees Offered

Students in the group may work toward the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The requirements for these degrees include those of the University and those of the Graduate Group in Soils & Biogeochemistry. The requirements of the Graduate Group in Soils & Biogeochemistry are listed on following pages.

To be awarded advanced degrees in Soils & Biogeochemistry, students are expected to demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:

  • Soil Chemistry
  • Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  • Soil Genesis-Morphology-Classification
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Soil Physics

These competencies can be attained either by previous course work, or by taking soil science courses during the student's graduate program. The guidance committee may require students to take additional undergraduate courses if preparation in basic science, mathematics or soil science is deficient. An introductory soil science course is a prerequisite for the advanced soil science courses and is required unless waived by the guidance committee.