Nutrient Management and Soil and Plant Analysis

Manufacturing technology, additives, coating techniques, evaluation, and soil test analysis. Faculty: John Grove, Dave McNearHanna Poffenbarger

Soil and Water Management and Conservation

Irrigation, drainage, tillage, erosion, evaporation, transpiration, cropping systems, and cultivation methodsFaculty:  John GroveHanna Poffenbarger

Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition

Plant nutrients and plant nutrition, interaction of plant growth factors, and soil and plant tissue tests. Faculty:  John Grove, Dave McNearHanna Poffenbarger


Soil formation and geology, physical and chemical properties, soil survey and mapping, interpretation of soil behavior, and wetland preservation. Faculty: Chris Shepard

Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Soil microorganisms, organic matter, nitrogen transformations, microbial decomposition, rhizosphere dynamics, mycorrhizae, enzymes, and fate of organic material.  Faculty: Rebecca McCulley, Dave McNearHanna Poffenbarger

Soil Chemistry

Analysis, acidity, liming, ion exchange, physical chemistry of soils, and behavior of soil additives. FacultyJohn Grove, Chris Matocha, Dave McNearJason Unrine

Soil Mineralogy

Frequency, distribution, formation, translocation, and properties of soil minerals. Faculty: Chris Matocha

Soil Physics and Hydrology

Water movement, structure and aggregation, and modeling of water movement and contaminant movement. Faculty: Ole Wendroth

Forest, Range, and Wildland Soils

Soil organic matter dynamics; biogeochemistry of deficient nutrients; long-term soil sustainability management practices; belowground processes and rhizosphere dynamics; water relations/hydrology; soil biodiversity. Faculty: Rebecca McCulley, Chris Barton

Soils and Environmental Quality

Influence upon and interaction of soils with the environment; efforts of soil scientists to maintain and improve the quality of the environment. Faculty: Dave McNearHanna Poffenbarger, Jason Unrine, Brad Lee

Urban & Anthropogenic Soils

Soils altered by human activities in the suburban or urban environment. Faculty: Brad Lee

Wetland Soils

Wetland soil processes, classification, nutrient relationships, and water quality. Faculty: Elisa D'Angelo