The University of Florida soil microbiology programs are designed to bring the classroom to the comfort of your home. The main objective is to introduce the principles of soil microbial ecology and to stimulate an appreciation of the roles of microorganisms in nutrient cycling and ecosystem functioning. In these programs, undergraduate and graduate courses are for credit option and short course is for non-credit option.

Credit courses are conducted on campus or online. Laboratory experiments and step-by-step instructions are designed to support lectures. Each course is made up of specific topic modules. Most modules contain lecture presentation supplemented with images, animations, and video streaming. Registered students can access these courses any time during the semester, enabling them to work at their own pace and on their own schedule. Students interact with course instructors, and each other, using private course e-mail, discussion boards, and live chat sessions.

Students can register for one or more courses each semester. Attending the UF campus for qualification exam is a must for students who pursue a graduate degree.