The food that nourishes us, the water that we drink and the air that we breathe all depend on soils and their life-sustaining properties. The programs of the Department of Soil Science are designed to improve basic understanding and practical management of soil resources in natural, agricultural and urban ecosystems.Soil Science at the UW-Madison provides an understanding of the practical application of biology, chemistry, physics and earth science principles to integrated land use and environmental protection. Soil Science graduates enjoy a wide array of science, technology and business opportunities in economic and environmentally sound management of natural, agricultural and urban ecosystems.

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