Top schools offering soil science programs:
University of California, Riverside (UCR)
- The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (2007) has given the top rank to UCR's program in soil science, offered by the Department of Environmental Sciences.
- It offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and students can specialize in a variety of areas, including: soil and aquatic chemistry; watershed and groundwater hydrology; soil and aquatic microbiology; soil-plant relations and biogeochemistry; bioremediation and phytoremediation; soil genesis, mineralogy, geomorphology; ecotoxicology of soils and sediments.
Penn State University
- Penn State is ranked 10th for Soil Science program in the 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.
- The Soil Science program is administered in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences. Areas of specialization include soil genesis, classification, mapping, microbiology, morphology, mineralogy, chemistry, physics, fertility, geographic information systems, remote sensing, watershed analysis, hydrology, and land management.
University of California, Davis
- It is ranked 1st for soil science program, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top Research Universities Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index 2007".
- It offers the undergraduate program in soil and water science to prepare graduates for positions in advising, planning, land appraisal, etc. Some graduates also continue in master's and doctoral programs in soil science, hydrologic science, ecology, and plant physiology.
North Carolina State University
- When N.C. State University celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1987, the Soil Science Department was ranked as the largest soil science department in the US.
- The Department of Soil Science addresses the many important roles of soil through teaching, research and outreach programs.
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