Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Soil, Water and Environmental Science is a multi-institutional and multi-interdisciplinary graduate degree and certificate program in soil, water and environmental sciences (SWES) offered via distance education. The graduate degree program (36 credit hours) is comprised of required core courses in biology, chemistry, physics, hydrology, and pedology, in addition to electives in experimental methods, geostatistics, conservation and management, remote sensing and plant science that provide flexibility to tailor the degree program to meet individual interest and career needs. The graduate certificate will also be comprised of selected courses to meet student needs. In addition to 15 hours of core courses and 21 hours of elective courses, students will complete a thesis or special topic, giving them the knowledge, skills and professionalism to succeed in this growing field.

Increasing demand for professionals in SWES, and continuing education for practicing professionals require flexible and enhanced access to higher education and professional development opportunities. The cooperating universities offer a collaborative, interdisciplinary distance education program to meet the diverse demand for postsecondary education in SWES. The graduate degree and certificate programs create a unique opportunity for industry personnel, extension educators, and other professionals to enhance their professional skills and expertise essential to protecting the quality of our natural resources while sustaining economic opportunities. The program builds human capacity and knowledge in agriculture and the environment essential to sustaining healthy communities and the nation.

Degree titles vary by institution. Consult each institution for the degree title as it will appear on the diploma.


Students select one university to be their "home institution", this is the university to which you apply, enroll and pay tuition. Students must meet the admissions requirements of the home institution. Contact the Campus Coordinator at the institution you wish to call "home" for more information.

Auburn University Megan Ross
University of Georgia Dana Nash
North Carolina State University Julie Holder
Texas Tech University Leslie Myatt


Course Matrix

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Course Information

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Learning Management Systems

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Auburn University Canvas
University of Georgia D2L
North Carolina State University Blackboard/Moodle
Texas Tech University Blackboard