Soil Science Certificate

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Soil science applications are integral within numerous aspects of economic, agricultural, environmental, commercial, recreational, and innovative advancements. Courses in the Soil Science certificate explore topics related to the solid and liquid phases of soils, reactive chemical constituents, fertility and plant growth, as well as soil formation, evaluation, sustainability, and management.

These courses offer hands-on applications with real-world situations and responsive education. Students will enhance their professional skill set and knowledge based on current research, regulations, and applications.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

4 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton and Calgary.


1-2 years of part-time study (with a maximum of three years to complete).


Practitioners working with soil as monitors, auditors, technologists, engineers, agrologists, biologists, foresters, consultants, and regulators will benefit from this program. These courses are recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists as senior-level agrology courses related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area in AIA.

Program Plan

Four courses are needed to graduate. Courses are comprised of 39 instructional hours each, and are scheduled over daytime, evening, and weekend classes. Once the program has been completed, an official University of Alberta parchment will be issued.


Complete 4 courses:

  • EXERM 4281
  • EXERM 4282 (Winter course)
  • EXERM 4284
  • EXERM 4297 (Spring course)


All courses count for credit toward the Environmental Resource Management certificate program. Select courses also count for credit within the Environmental Remediation certificate, Land Reclamation certificate, and Water Resource Management certificate.

Qualifications & Admission

Courses may be completed individually or as part of the certificate. There are no prerequisites to take the courses; prior knowledge of content area, however, is expected for student success. Students are expected to possess entry-level knowledge of the subject matter through job training, previous education, or work experience in a complementary environmental sector.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form.
  2. Submit your completed application, along with a $100 admission fee.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for each course.
  • This program and its courses are eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate. Alternatively, you may opt for

 auditing a course, in which case you will not be evaluated for any coursework. Audited courses, however, cannot be applied toward the certificate at any time.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held in Edmonton (Enterprise Square, downtown); select courses are also offered in Calgary.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.


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