Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

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A degree in soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences combines interests in monitoring environmental change, modeling climate change, conserving soil, providing accurate weather forecasts and assuring healthy streams while also shaping new policies and educating others about the environment.

Career Opportunities

Acquire knowledge in monitoring environmental change, water and soil quality and the weather while earning your soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Soil Conservation
  • Hydrology
  • Climate Change Consulting
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Municipal Utilities Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Aquatic Field Research
  • Laboratory Research
  • Soil Science
  • Corporate Sustainability

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Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources BuildingChoose an emphasis area to prepare for a variety of careers, including:

Atmospheric Science

Apply your knowledge of meteorology as a weather forecaster. They provide timely information about climatic conditions on local, regional and global scales for many different organizations. Consulting meteorologists provide services to specific clients and assist software companies with development of new meteorological technology. Broadcast meteorologists work for radio and TV stations to produce forecasts and cover environmental stories.

Environmental Science

Learning to manage, use and sustain natural resources through sound ecological and economic principles can help you have a successful career in environmental management or teaching and conducting research for institutions. State and federal government agencies also employ environmental professionals to monitor and assess water quality, hydrologic conditions, land-use and environmental risks. Opportunities also exist in the private sector with environmental consulting firms, industry organizations and advocacy groups.

Soil Science

Soil conservationists and scientists work with state and federal agencies and landowners to ensure soil conservation practices are in place. This typically involves collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; examining soil environments; and developing and implementing conservation and management strategies. Soil scientists are often called upon to assess wetlands, archaeological sites, industrial site restoration, mine reclamation and other environmental projects.

Launching a weather balloonPrevious Internship Highlights

Environmental science: St. Louis Science Center, Illinois River Biological Station, Radar Operation Center, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Spartech Corp., ENVIRON International Corp., Seidel Research and Development Company, Veolia Environmental Services

Soil science: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Geological Survey

Atmospheric science: National Weather Service, KOMU-TV, KMIZ

Core Areas of Study

  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling
  • Pollutant Fate and Transport Genesis of Soil Landscapes
  • Synoptic Metereology

Major requirements for Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences degree

Requirements for emphasis areas:

Requirements for minor

Courses for Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences degree

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Clubs & Organizations

  • Meteorology Club
  • Mizzou Storm Chase Team
  • Sustain Mizzou
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society