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The percent of soil and waste resource graduates who find employment in their field or seek further schooling.
Soil and Waste Resource graduates rank in the top five highest-paying degrees of 2015 according to a USA Today report.






Rob Michitsch, assistant professor of soil and waste resources, teaches classes focused soil/plant analysis, biogeochemistry and waste topics.

​Pursue a strong education, a bright future with Soil and Waste Resources at UW-Stevens Point

Find ways to improve the crops that feed the world. Develop better land-use plans for rural and urban areas. Enhance forests and inland waters critical to all. Manage our natural and man-made resources with efficiency. If these issues interest you, discover the Soil and Waste Resources discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to start building your career.

Choose a specialization

As a Soil and Waste Resources student, you will choose from major options in:
  • soil science, trains you to be a soil scientist, soil conservationist or agronomist through a strong science-based curriculum. A soil science minor is also available;
  • soil and land management, provides you with skills in the techniques of tillage, nutrient management, water management and sustainable crop production while minimizing erosion and maintaining water quality; and
  • waste management, prepares you for jobs at landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, recycling and composting centers, and hazardous waste sites. 
A certificate in wetland science through the Society of Wetland Scientists is also available to College of Natural Resources majors who have completed a course of study that concentrates on the identification and management of wetlands.
These majors provide hands-on experiences in laboratory and field courses involving biology, chemistry, math, computers and communication. 

Use state-of-the-art facilities

Regardless of which major you choose, you will access state-of-the-art laboratories, computers and greenhouses to supplement classroom lectures and discussion. Field trips, internships and a summer field experience provide additional real-world experience.
Our faculty have Ph.D.’s in soil science, waste management and engineering, and specialize in solid waste management, soil physics, hazardous waste management, microbiology, soil genesis and morphology, wastewater treatment, nutrient management, and land-use planning.
Our graduates enjoy placement rates from 90 percent to 100 percent each year and work at private companies and municipal, county, state and federal agencies.