What will I learn?

A specialization in Soil Science [Science or General] focuses on the challenges of soil quality management and the evaluation and care of soils by understanding the biological, chemical and physical properties of soil and their effects on plants.

What will I study?

Courses include the principles of soil-water behavior, fertilizer use efficiency and soil ecology in order to influence the sustainability and quality of soil-water resources.

Other classes provide students with advanced knowledge of the dynamic interaction between the soil environment, including soil morphology and soil forming factors, soil chemistry, soil physics and soil microbiology


Our hands-on academic specialization in Soil Science [Science, General, Environmental] equips students to face a variety of challenges requiring expertise in soil.

Graduates embark on exciting soil-related careers in private industry, universities, regulatory bodies, state conservation and federal agencies, such as the Illinois/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Natural Resources Conservation Service and the state Soil-Water Conservation Service).

Job titles include: Soil scientist; Soil conservationist; Soil ecologist; State soil and water quality specialist; Wetland specialist; Research scientist; Environmental technician; Land-use specialist; Natural resource manager; Soil chemist; Soil physicist; Conservation planner; County conservationist; Soil microbiologist; Landscape designers; Commercial greenhouse managers; Nursery and Garden Center managers; Golf course managers.

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,000.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 December 2021, 10 January 2022


College of Agricultural Sciences

Southern Illinois University,



62901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent. Academic Requirements (grade point averages are on a 4.0 scale and are calculated by SIU): 26 credits or more at another college/university - submit college/university transcripts showing a GPA of 2.0 or greater on all coursework; 0-25 credits at another college/university - submit high school AND university/college transcripts showing 2.0 GPA on all coursework; 5 Passes on the GCE O or A level exams (under the Cambridge/ed excel model).

For international students

Students need to have Transcripts from high school and/or college. At SIU Carbondale, applicants for admission will be eligible for automatic admission if they are on track to complete our course pattern requirements and who meet one of the following criteria: A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75; A ranking in the top 10% of their graduating class.

English Language Requirement: Any one of the following methods will automatically meet the minimum English requirement. Applicants who do not meet the automatic English language admission requirement will undergo a holistic review to determine potential admissibility.

TOEFL (IBT internet-based test) - 68

TOEFL (paper based test) - 520

ITEP - 4.0 (academic plus only)

IELTS - 6.0

2 Face-to-face English composition classes taken in the U.S. at the college level with a grade of A or B

More than 48 college-level credit hours completed at a U.S. institution

If an applicant is from a country whose primary language is English

Graduation from a U.S. high school having spent the final 2 years in the U.S.

Meeting the SAT or ACT requirements for admission of domestic freshmen

Duolingo English Test (accepted during COVID-19 closures)- 95

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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  • Over 200 majors, minors and specifications
  • Reduced tuition rates for eligible international students
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