Soil Science – A world class degree with local impact
Soils are the thin layer covering our planet Earth. They are complex blends of living and mineral materials. Just like birds or plants there are thousands of kinds of soil. Soils are a vital natural resource that filters and stores water. Most of our food comes from cultivated soils.
A Major in Soil Science
Soil science is engaged to the grand environmental challenges that face humanity. Soil science is a practical field, and if you are attracted by the outdoors, a major in Soil Science might be a good fit! Soil scientists work in the environment and agriculture, mapping wetlands, studying contamination, managing water resources, and guiding conservation and restoration efforts.
Down to Earth
Soil science is a down-to-earth science, involving hands-on, practical, and outdoor experiences. Our undergraduate and graduate program is one of the strongest in the country and an excellent start for a career in a field of global importance.
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Other Types of Fees
In addition to tuition, there are other fees that may be assessed on a student’s account. Some of these fees are one-time fees; others may be assessed each semester depending on the student’s status, enrollment date, courses taken and if the student is living in University Housing.
- Segregated Fees are charges, in addition to tuition, assessed to all students. Segregated fees pay for student services, activities, programs, and facilities that support the mission of University of Wisconsin System institutions, including UW-Madison.
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- eTextbook Fee is charged to students who register for courses participating in the e-text program
- Registrar Office Document Fee is a mandatory one-time fee that covers the cost of official university documents (such as transcripts).
- New Student Fee is charged to all undergraduates in their first semester.
- FSL Community Contribution Fee is charged to each fraternity and sorority member every semester.
- International Student Fee is applicable to students who are at UW-Madison on F1 or J1 visas and supports the International Student Services office.
- Late Registration Fee is assessed to students who begin enrolling in courses after a specific date each term.
The program guide with complete details about our Soil Science BS degree can be found here.
There are a variety of options available to assist you with funding your college education. The University’s Office of Financial Aid can assist you with determining your eligibility for scholarships, grants, and loan options, as well as how to apply for each. As a student in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, you may qualify for scholarships within your college and department. Applications are due in early spring and complete scholarship information can be found on the CALS Scholarships thru the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WISH). Looking to pick up a part-time job? The UW Student Jobs website has a wide range of on- and off-campus opportunities to choose from. International students should also check out the International Student Services (ISS) Office for details about funding and scholarships. Additional resources include the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office and the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program.
Additional job opportunities specifically directed to students in CALS and including summer positions can be found on our Employment & Funding Opportunities page.
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