Environmental Soil Science Minor

The science in the soil.

It all starts with soil. The Environmental Soil Science minor teaches you how to understand and apply the hard science of soil and strategies to both manage land and protect our fragile environment.

Career paths: improve the fields of the future.

A minor in Environmental Soil Science helps set you up for success as a soil scientist and in careers in agriculture, the business sector, corporate sustainability, and government.

An Environmental Soil Science minor is a great option if you:

  • love learning about the sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber for Earth’s rapidly increasing population
  • are interested in the restoration of soils that have been degraded by processes such as erosion, desertification, and salinization
  • believe the management and preservation of natural areas and wildlife habitats is vital


For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin.

Required courses

  • Introductory Soil Science
  • Introductory Soil Science Laboratory
  • Soil Morphology Practicum

Sample additional courses

  • Chemistry of the Environment: Air, Water, and Soil
  • Engineering Mechanics of Soils
  • Principles of Forest Soils Management
  • Soil and Water Resource Management
  • Transformation of Pollutants in Soils
  • Turfgrass Edaphology
  • Turfgrass Nutrition

Get started.

Students may apply for admission to the Environmental Soil Science minor through LionPATH. For more information, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Daniel Johnson.

Environmental Soil Science students determining soil texture and type.
Determining soil type by assessing soil hue, value and chroma with a Munsell color book.
Penn State soil science students comparing notes on pine forest soil testing.