Soils support the production of food, fiber, fuel and provide essential ecological services such as water filtration/purification and the recycling of atmospheric gases. Water resources are increasingly in demand to support human needs, and at risk of contamination and degradation. This specialization focuses on the management and conservation of soil and water, suggesting sustainable practices that will protect these vital resources now and in the future.
Courses in this specialization emphasize the functions and dynamic nature of the soil and water resources. Students gain knowledge of methods for predicting and mitigating the degradation of these resources, based on the most current scientific information and case studies from real-life situations.