University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Envision a sustainable future.

The Department of Plant and Soil Science aims to expand, integrate, and extend the knowledge of plant/soil ecosystems in the production of plants, the creation of a living landscape and the sustenance of environmental quality.

Our ethos holds three things dear: teaching, research and extension serve not only Vermont but are national and international in nature, enhancing diversity and interdisciplinary studies.

Jefford's Classroom

Academic excellence in and out of the classroom

The Plant and Soil Science program integrates classroom and field experiences and incorporates relevant environmental, social, and economic issues into the curriculum. It is flexible, allowing you to pursue your interest in plant production, landscape design, and environmental issues related to plants, insects, soils, and water management while preparing for career opportunities and graduate studies.

Outside Jeffords

State-of-the-art facilities and outdoor laboratories

James M. Jeffords Hall, a new life sciences building that opened its doors to students in the fall of 2010, is one of the largest and most significant academic structures ever built on the UVM campus. Its faculty research labs and seven undergraduate teaching labs are cutting edge, full of state-of-the-art equipment. But it could be the living laboratory outside the building's walls that truly sets Jeffords Hall apart...

Outdoor Class

Graduates who get jobs

Graduates with a Plant and Soil Science degree have pursued careers as soil conservationists, environmental consultants, agricultural consultants, landscape managers and designers, managers of nurseries and greenhouses and orchards, farmers, farm managers, researchers, and educators. Graduates have started their own businesses and are associated with private or public companies, agencies, or organizations