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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.


​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 human-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 and land management trains you to be a soil scientist, soil conservationist, or agronomist. Our program provides you with a strong science-based curriculum and skills in the techniques of tillage, nutrient and water management, and sustainable crop production while minimizing erosion and maintaining water quality.

  • waste management and environmental protection 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 the 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, and communication. 

Use state-of-the-art facilities

Regardless of your major, you will access state-of-the-art laboratories, computers, and greenhouses to supplement classroom lectures and discussions. 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, and nutrient management.
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.