The graduate program in Agronomy (Graduate Program in Soil Sciences) of the Universidade Estadual Paulista, (UNESP), Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias – Jaboticabal Campus, was initiated in August 29th of 1995. The Master and Doctorate programs are recognized by Capes, responsible for quality control of graduate programs in Brazil, and is currently considered a level 5 course by this agency.
In order to achieve their goals, the Soil Sciences graduate program has 25 qualified professors, associated with the Departments of Exact Sciences, Rural Engineering, Horticulture, Soils and Technology. All enrolled professors possess doctorate degrees and offer various classes covering the main aspects of Soil Sciences. Students are encouraged to participate in national and international scientific meetings aiding their training as researchers.
Currently, the Graduate Program in Soil Sciences has four main research areas: Nutrition and Utilization of Plant Fertilizers, Use and Management of Residues in Agriculture, Water Engineering, and Interactions of Soil Attributes and Management. The work developed by professors and students of this program has been published in international journals. This program also counts on support from both state and national research agencies, providing grants to the professors to fund the research, as well as scholarships to their enrolled students at the Master and Doctorate levels.