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Soil & Water Science

Monitor and analyze soil and water quality in relation to watershed management, pollution treatment and land resource management.

Soil & Water Science – B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Soil & Water Science Emphasis

Students in the Soil & Water Science program at Montana State gain a core foundation in the biological, chemical and physical sciences and how they affect two of the core resources on Earth: water and soil. Soil & Water Science students undergo advanced training in soil science and hydrology so that they might be able to apply their skills to land resource management, watershed management, pollution treatment and prevention, land rehabilitation bioremediation.

The Environmental Sciences major at Montana State offers four additional Options Within the Major: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Biology, Geospatial & Environmental Analysis and Land Rehabilitation.



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Research Across The Globe
Soil & Water Science students have the opportunity for advanced study and research projects about managed and natural ecosystems that span from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Montana’s Golden Triangle to Mongolia and Antarctica.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Soil & Water Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Sciences Management
  • Environmental Policy
  • Graduate Study

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.