Department of Soil Science


Department of Soil Science and Engineering (Former Soil Science) started its activities by accepting bachelor students in 1986-87. The purpose of setting up this field was to train and educate the required experts in agriculture with the expertise of soil science, research, and production of science in different fields of soil science. At the bachelor of this field, various aspects of soil science are taught to students, including soil genesis, evolution, classification and evaluation, soil chemistry and fertility and plant nutrition issues, soil physics and soil, water, plant relationship, identification of erosion and the ways of soil conservation, soil contamination with emphasis on environmental protection, soil biology and the role of biological agents in soil quality in theory and practice.

Majors and Programs

Agricultural Economics majors complete a set of prerequisite courses, a core of classes offered by the Agricultural Economics Department, and one or more fields comprised of selected courses from outside the department.  The core includes courses in economic reasoning, agribusiness management, environmental and resource policy, agricultural policy, economic development, and analytical methods.  The program permits students flexibility in choosing fields to fit their career interests.  Majors must complete one and are strongly encouraged to complete two fields.  The curriculum balances breadth and depth and lets students develop academic skills in two or more areas.  The program provides a good foundation for careers in economics, resource or environmental policy, agribusiness, and international agriculture.

Upon completion of the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
    An understanding of economic terms and concepts.
    An ability to draw inferences from data.
    A knowledge of relevant laws, institutions, and policies.
  • Soil Science (B.Sc.)

    Soil Science (B.Sc.)
  • Soil Physics and Conservation (M.Sc.)

    Soil Physics and Conservation (M.Sc.)
  • Soil Resources and Land Evaluation (M.Sc.)

    Soil Resources and Land Evaluation (M.Sc.)
  • Soil Chemistry, Fertility, and Plant Nutrition (M.Sc.)

    Soil Chemistry, Fertility, and Plant Nutrition (M.Sc.)
  • Soil Biology and Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

    Soil Biology and Biotechnology (M.Sc.)
  • Soil Physics and Conservation (Ph.D.)

    Soil Physics and Conservation (Ph.D.)
  • Soil Resources and Land Evaluation (Ph.D.)

    Soil Resources and Land Evaluation (Ph.D.)

Facilities and Equipment

  • Teaching

    The soil science department through the teaching of the nature of soils by the study of soil organisms, their interactions with other components of soil and understanding the physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of soil and applied other expert instruction will equip students to solve problems in soils, plant, and environment.
  • Research

    Our department’s research mission includes a wide range of studies about:

    soil chemistry and cycling of elements, sustainability of ecosystems, soil biology and biogeochemistry, soil fertility and plant nutrition, soil physics and pedohydrology, soil quality assessment and monitoring, soil genesis and classification, digital soil mapping, soil organic matter, environmental modeling to understand soil constraints to agricultural/environmental systems, soil-water-plant relationships, management of salt-affected soils, submerge soils and polluted soils, remediation of contaminated soil, fate of heavy metals.
  • Publication


Academic Members

Maryam Khalili Rad, Ph.D.
Head of Department
Assistant Professor of Soil chemistry, Fertility and Plant nutrition

Research Interests:
Ion exchange equations in soil
Soil salinity management
Fate of pollutants in soil
Biochar and bio-based fertilizer
Waste management

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Mohammad Bagher Farhangi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Soil Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests:
Soil microbiology
Microbiology of water and wastewater
Biochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in soil
Ecology of soil microorganisms
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Nasrin Ghorbanzadeh, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Soil Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests:
Soil biology and biochemistry
Bioremediation of soil and water
Biological relationship between soil and plant
Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria
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Mahmood Fazeli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Soil chemistry and pollution

Research Interests:
Transport and Fate of pollutants in soil
Nutrient Recovery from wastewater
Spatial Modeling of Soil Properties
Application of Nanotechnology in soil science
Isotopic techniques in soil studies
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Reza Ebrahimi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Soil Fertility and Plant nutrition

Research Interests:
Plant nutrition and circular production
Organic fertilizers
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Akbar Forghani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Soil chemistry, Fertility and Plant nutrition

Research Interests:
Soil fertility and fertilizer management
Soil plant interactions
Precision agriculture
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Nafiseh Yaghmaeian Mahabadi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Soil mapping and land evaluation

Research Interests:
Land suitability evaluation
Spatial soil variability
Soil quality
Fuzzy logic in soil science
Multi criteria decision making in land evaluation
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Hasan Ramezanpour , Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Soil genesis and classification

Research Interests:
Soil classification
Soil genesis
Clay mineralogy
Soil micromorphology
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Mahmood Shabanpour, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Soil Physics

Research Interests:
Soil Physics
Soil and water pollution
Chemical and water movement in soil
Soil, water and plant Relationships
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Safoora Asadi Kapoorchal , Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Soil Physics and Conservation

Research Interests:
Soil pollution
Remote sensing         
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Sepideh Abrishamkesh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Soil Erosion and Conservation

Research Interests:
Assessment and mapping soil erosion 
Soil conservation and management
Waste management and soil conditioning 

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