Water and Soil Resources

Available at: Athens

Water and Soil Resources majors take classes 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.


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 and science courses prior to attending UGA
  • Participate in school and community science clubs and fairs

Hands-On Learning

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

Learn more

Visit the department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

Prospective Student Contact

Current Student Contact

Mary Formo
Mary Formo Director of Advising and Curriculum Support
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs Crop & Soil Sciences

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Water and Soil Resources*

Water and Soil Resources major outcomes for 2019: 60% employed full-time, 40% attending graduate school

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The charts above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. Read more detailed Career Outcomes information for Water and Soil Resources.


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

Career Potential

  • Community Agriculture Coordinator
  • Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Erosion Control Specialist
  • Extension Agent
  • Hydrologist
  • Soil Scientist/Conservationist
  • Water Resources Planner
  • Wetlands Ecologist

Median Entry-Level Salary



How do I pay for college?


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

CAES Scholarships


Financial Aid

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