May 25, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Soil and Water Sciences Department

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Chair: K. Ramesh Reddy
Graduate Coordinator: Willie Harris

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The Soil and Water Sciences Department offers Master of Science (thesis or professional non-thesis option) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in soil and water sciences with the following specializations: ecology, environmental science, hydrologic science, and soil science. The Department also offers Master of Science (thesis or professional option) track in environmental science via distance education for place bound students ( Requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are given in the Graduate Degrees  section of this catalog.

Soil and Water are vital resources in urban, agricultural, and natural ecosystems. The Soil and Water Sciences Department (SWSD) provides highly visible leadership in teaching, research, and extension/outreach programs as related to improving the productivity of agriculture with environmentally sound management practices, improving water quality, and protection and conservation of natural resources. Our department is one of the few in the nation that offers a comprehensive research and educational programs (molecular to landscape level) involving terrestrial, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems of the landscape. In addition to traditional on-campus educational programs, we use innovative e-technologies to offer educational programs to place-bound students.   Our graduates and postdoctoral fellows are well placed at universities, state and federal agencies, and private industry.

The SWSD programs are designed to meet the changing needs of our clientele at state, national and international levels. To meet new challenges and explore new opportunities, the SWSD’s research, teaching, and extension programs are focused in five areas, with broader implication to water quality, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gases, and climate change:

  • Nutrient, Pesticide, and Waste Management
  • Soil, Water, and Aquifer Remediation
  • Carbon Dynamics and Ecosystem Services
  • Landscape Analysis and Modeling
  • Wetlands and Aquatic Ecosystems

The Department offers graduate level certificates in Biodegradation and Remediation, Global Agroecology, Soil Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Agroecosystems, Sustainable Land Resource and Nutrient Management and Wetland and Water Resource Management for both on-campus students and via distance education for place bound students (

An additional option offered by the Department is a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program that permits a B.S in Soil and Water Science or Interdisciplinary Studies – Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources and M.S. Degree to be completed in five years. Contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

For more information, please see the program page below and our website:


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