Agricultural and Environmental Soil Sciences

Agricultural and Environmental Soil Sciece

The Agricultural and Environmental Soil Sciences curriculum provides an educational foundation in soil processes involving physical, chemical and biological interrelationships. The soil resource is an integral component of our environment and is subject to loss and degradation through man's activities. Humanity's dependence on soil for food and fiber production and the need for ensuring environmental quality requires individuals trained in the management of this resource. Career opportunities exist both nationally and internationally in agricultural and environmental consulting, agribusiness, government agencies, teaching, and research. Required courses provide soil science training, while elective courses can be selected to meet specific needs.


  • Crop Consultant
  • Crop Scout
  • Farm Insurance Agent
  • Territory Sales Management
  • Field Representative
  • Field Production Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Wetlands Soil Scientist
  • Soil Classifier
  • Weed Scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Crop Protection Specialist
  • Chemical Sales Representative
  • Crop Production Specialist
  • District Conservationist
  • Extension Agent
  • Land Use Consultant
  • Farm Manager
  • Soil and Water Conservationist
  • Soil and Water Management Consultant
  • Soil Management Specialist
  • Soil Conservation Technician
  • Soil Scientist, Mapping and Interpretation, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Research Technician


Mississippi State University is now offering degree programs that may be completed in three years. These undergraduate degree programs are special programs which allow highly motivated and hard-working students the opportunity to complete a degree in three years rather than the traditional four years. Both the three year and traditional four year degree program are available in Agricultural and Environmental Soil Sciences.

Download the three year curriculum

Download the four year curriculum


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.

Cooperative Education

Agricultural and Environmental Soil Sciences students are encouraged to participate in the cooperative education program.