Soil, the thin mantle on the earth's surface, sustains us. Soil provides water, nutrients, temperature moderation, and physical support to the plants we harvest for food, fiber, wood, and biofuels. Soil provides building materials for houses and the foundation for roads. We cycle many of our wastes through soil as biosolids, animal manures, or via septic systems. Soil provides critical ecosystem services, such as water purification and storage, carbon sequestration and pollution remediation. Because soil is essential to our everyday lives, sound stewardship of this vital resource is paramount to humankind. The Department of Soil Science at NC State University addresses the many important roles of soil through our teaching, research and outreach programs.
The faculty in the Department of Soil Science at NC State University educate undergraduate and graduate students to use and protect soils in the real world. Both environmental and agricultural uses of soil are stressed as we educate the next generation of soil scientists in our teaching and research programs. We disseminate crucial knowledge to promote appropriate use, conservation, and improvement of soil via our outreach activities to citizens of North Carolina, the United States and the world. Please explore the links to the left to find out more about us.