Cut out of grass and soil

Soils Minor

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Build Your Foundation in Soils

Soil is the reservoir on which most life on earth depends, as the primary source of food, feed, fuel, forage, fiber, and pharmaceuticals. Soil plays a vital role in sustaining human welfare and assuring future agricultural productivity and environmental stability. A minor in soils will provide students within related fields of study such as Agronomy, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Turf Management, Biology, and Environmental Science with a foundation of the physical, chemical, and biological soil properties and processes essential to such a complex ecosystem.

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Amberly Cox

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Assistant Dir. of Recruitment | (218) 281-8569



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    Students taking soil samples
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    soils lab
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    Group of students documenting different soil types
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    Beakers in a classroom with different soil types

Career Paths:

  • Soil Scientist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Environmental and Agricultural Consulting Firms
  • Graduate School

Average Salaries: 

  • Soil Scientist $76,290
  • Soil Conservationist $ 68,230

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2021)


Soils Minor


  • Get down and dirty while characterizing soil properties in a soil pit.

  • Collect soil samples using various equipment from differing vegetation and management practices during class field trips to determine overall soil health and fertility.

  • Participate in soil judging contests as part of the UMC Soils Judging Team.

  • Learn to manage soils for use in agriculture and forestry in an environmentally responsible way.


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Kristina Walker

    Associate Professor
  • Brenda Chaplinski