Water and Soil Resources Major

Water and Soil Resources Major

Available at: Athens

Water and Soil Resources majors take courses in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Crop and Soil Sciences as well as the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Students take classes that emphasize the biological, ecological, chemical and physical processes that impact the management of our water and soil resources—including water and soil inventory, soil genesis, conservation and remediation. Students trained in the area of water and soil resources are hired by the private sector as technical, research, and information specialists. Regional and local agricultural firms also employ graduates trained as water and soil resource specialists as land use experts, quality control specialists, and information and computer analysts. Many graduates are self-employed consultants or are hired by environmental consulting firms to assess environmental conditions, monitor soil and water pollutants, reclaim disturbed lands, and prepare environmental policy. 

What does a Water and Soil Resources Major Study?


View the required Water and Soil Resources courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.


To prepare for courses to earn a Water and Soil Resources degree we recommend you:

  • Take a multitude of available math courses prior to attending UGA
  • Take a multitude of science courses prior to attending UGA
  • Participate in school and community science clubs and fairs

What can a Water and Soil Resources student do outside of class?

Hands-On Learning

  • Labs in the classroom and field
  • Soil analysis
  • Water analysis
  • Use industry-related technologies
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Internship opportunities with private companies and state and federal agencies.
  • Study abroad opportunities

Get Involved


See complete list of CAES student clubs and organizations.

What jobs can I get with a Water and Soil Resources degree?

Water and Soil Resources

Career Potential

  • Water Resources Planner
  • Hydrologist
  • Wetlands Ecologist
  • Erosion Control Specialist
  • Soil Scientist/Conservationists
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Education/Extension

Entry-Level Salary

$30,000 to $65,000

How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

Go to CAES Scholarships.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.

  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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