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Plant and Soil Science

Students Greenhouse

Do you have a passion for the environment and desire to study the source of all life on the planet? 

As an agriculture major with an emphasis in plant and soil science, you’ll be part of the scientific solutions necessary for the world we live in today. You can help find renewable energy sources, address problems of climate change and provide safe and nutritious food to a growing worldwide population. 

The entire globe depends on agriculture as an industry. Global concerns about food security issues require environmental professionals that can optimize plant growth, manage soil health, cultivate sustainable farming practices and apply problem-solving skills to develop new techniques.  You can find practical experience in and out of the classroom at Lincoln University to prepare you for this field.

Did you know?

There are more living individual organisms in a tablespoon of soil than there are people on the earth. Almost all of the antibiotics we take to help us fight infections were obtained from soil microorganisms.

Our faculty will cultivate your passion for conserving and sustaining the environment we live in with meaningful hands-on experience.  You may be interested in scientific research and innovation to approach environmental challenges or you may want to explore sustainable agricultural practices.  

You’ll study important topics such as:

  • Wetland management
  • Environmental monitoring and remediation
  • Soils, water and air quality management


Possible Careers

  • Arboriculturist
  • Aquaculturist
  • Botanist
  • Conservation scientist 
  • Crop Nutrition Scientist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Plant scientist*
  • Research Soil Scientist
  • Soil scientist 

*May require additional certifications or education.

Apply Today! 

State-of-the-art farms and labs

Farms where students gain practical experience at Lincoln University incorporate:

  • Aquaculture
  • Large and small ruminant production
  • Greenhouses
  • Vegetable and fruit production
  • Integrated pest management
  • Selected agronomic crops

Degree Information

Major Checklist: Emphasis in Plant & Soil Science


  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture
  • Geospatial Information Sciences
  • Wildlife Management

Find Your Major!

If you're not sure if Agriculture and Environmental Science is the right department for you, use our Find Your Major tool to find the major that is best suited for you.

Contact Us

Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Irasema Steck, Administrative Assistant
219 Frank Hall
816 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO  65101
P: 573-681-5380  F: 573-681-5955