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Soil Science

Soil Science is an interdisciplinary major. Units of study in this major are available at standard level.

Programme structure and content

The Soil Science units of study aim primarily at giving students an introduction to the three major branches of soil science, namely soil physics, soil chemistry, and pedology, and at providing the basis for a professional career in each of these divisions for students wishing to specialise. The introductory unit of study is particularly relevant for students interested in the environmental and geological sciences and in land-use management.

For a major in Soil Science, the minimum requirement is completion of SOIL3008, SOIL3009, SOIL3010 and one of (LWSC3007 or PPAT4005).

First year planning a major in Soil Science

Essential: 6 credit points of Junior Geoscience units.

Recommended: 6 credit points of GEOS1001/1901 or GEOS1002/1902.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Plant Science, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from the senior units of study listed in this subject area in Table 1.


Students may apply to undertake an Honours year in Soil Science simply by applying through the Science Faculty office.

Honours contact

Dr Meredith Wilkes
Email: meredith.wilkes@sydney
Phone: +61 2 8627 1018

Contact/further information

Professor Alex McBratney

Phone: + 61 2 86271130