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Program Details

The 12-credit-hour Soil Management Certificate distance program is designed specifically to meet the needs of today's working professional. Upon successful completion of the online Soil Management Certificate, students will be awarded a Soil Management Certificate from Texas Tech University that enables them to become a certified soil scientist. 

The coursework, including topics such as soil chemistry, physics and classification, meets the educational requirements of The Natural Resource Conservation Service. This certificate can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master's degree program. This program allows potential soil scientists to obtain the required number of college soils credit hours required by the Natural Resource Conservation Service and have a tangible certificate to indicate that the inpidual has the requisite education. 

As a result of this course, participants will be able to appreciate the principles governing the maintenance of soil organic matter contents, maintenance of good soil structure, appreciate the legal requirements for the protection of soil and the maintenance of soil health, appreciate the mechanics, economics and environmental aspects of cultivation. They will also appreciate the relationships between soil management to enable best use of land, understand the role of plant nutrients in crop production and their application, all with due regard for environmental protection, and understand the advantages, risks and legal aspects of the application of farm manures and other organic manure products to land.


Bachelor's degree

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges