Soil Science Minor


Minimum 15 credits in Soil Science (PLSCS) and related coursework.

A minor in Soil Science prepares students for work on agricultural and natural ecosystems by learning to identify, understand and manage soils in agriculture and forestry in an environmentally responsible way. The soil science minor is available to students with any major at Cornell University; transfer credit can be used to meet requirements. Graduates with soils training can choose from a range of excellent professional opportunities and challenging careers, including those with government agencies.

Advisor: Toni DiTommaso
903 Bradfield Hall
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Required Course

Additional Courses

Two courses, minimum 8 credits in soil science:

At least one course in environmental information sciences:

Students qualify for the Civil Service classification as Soil Scientist (GS-0470) if they take an additional 12 credits in biological, physical, and earth sciences. Civil Service classification as Soil Conservationist (GS-0457) is achieved with the minor plus 12 credits in natural resources and agriculture and 3 credits in applied plant science. For a complete list of requirements and eligible courses, contact the minor advisor.

To learn more about these courses,  visit the Courses of Study website.

How to Apply

Visit the Plant Science undergraduate minors webpage for more information about how to apply for this and related minors.