UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Plant and Earth Science

The Plant and Earth Science department encompasses majors in Conservation, Crop and Soil Science, Environmental Science, Geology, and Horticulture. Students in the Plant and Earth Science department benefit from dedicated faculty, a hands-on learning environment, active student organizations, and opportunities for student research and internships.

Message from the Department Chair

Don TaylorGreetings, Prospective Students!

Welcome to a department where teaching is our top priority. From the moment you arrive on campus, our faculty take a personal interest in your educational progress. We strive to bring interactive and engaging experiences to the classroom and beyond.  

With six different majors and various minors, we provide unique interdisciplinary opportunities and collaborations across unusual boundaries. From Geology to Environmental Science, Conservation to Horticulture, and Community planning to Crop and Soil Science... we hope you will find the career path that is right for you. 

We welcome you to campus, and encourage you to meet with us and tour our facilities. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Regards,

Donavon Taylor
Chair, Department of Plant and Earth Science
donavon.h.taylor@uwrf.edu

View our Program Highlights

Here are just a few things our program offers:

  • Engaged, student-centered faculty - Five of our faculty members have received the Outstanding Teacher in the College Award and one that has received the University's Wertz Award for innovative teaching.
  • Opportunities for individualized research projects - Numerous students have presented research results at local, regional and national meetings.
  • Access to excellent facilities - Our facilities provide an environment for rich, hands-on learning experiences. We have two laboratory farms, greenhouse, specialized teaching and research labs, the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River and bordering wetlands and natural areas flowing through campus. 
  • Active student organizations - Seven student clubs are associated with majors in our department with numerous other related clubs of interest.
  • Extensive internship opportunities - A well-established internship program allows student to choose from a variety of available internships related to their major.
  • A field-oriented teaching philosophy - Laboratories and field experiences are central to the education of students in all of our majors.

Click on each major below to learn more about the program. Full degree requirements can be found in the University Catalog.

Majors Minors
 

Community Planning

Conservation

Conservation

Crop and Soil Science

  • Crop Science Option
  • Soil Science Option
  • Sustainable Agriculture Option

Crop Science

Soil Science

Environmental Science

Sustainability Studies

Geology

  • Environmental/ Engineering Emphasis
  • Environmental/ Hydrogeology Emphasis
  • Graduate School Emphasis
  • Mineral Exploration Emphasis
  • Ocean Sciences Emphasis
  • Paleontology Emphasis
  • Petroleum Geology Emphasis

Geology

Hydrogeology

Horticulture

  • Professional Horticulture Option
  • Landscape Design & Contracting Option
  • Fruit & Vegetable Sustainable Systems Option

Horticulture


PES News

UW-River Falls received a grant from the National Foliage Foundation to install a living green wall in one of the Ag Sci classrooms. Read more

Congratulations to the UWRF Horticulture Society. They received the 2014 Outstanding Club Award for the second year in a row from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS).

Congrats to Gustavo Jose Cavalheiro, Crops and Soils major, who was one of six students to receive the 2014 UWRF Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Read more

Brian R. Smith, professor of horticulture and state extension commercial fruit specialist, received the 2014 CAFES Outstanding Faculty Award. He was also honored nationally with the Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). Read more

Holly Dolliver, associate professor of geology and soil science at UWRF, is the project head for a 5-year research project with Chippewa County and mining companies beginning late this spring to determine how the land used for nonmetallic mining - including frac sand mining - can be reclaimed after the mines are abandoned. She will have several student interns assist with research and data collection that will guide future land reclamation practices. Read morelink

View Bill Cordua's Rock Talk videos on Channel 16 RFC-TV Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. Watch "Reading the Rocks in Interstate Park" the newest episode herelink or view all episodeslink.


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