Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Universitas Gadjah Mada always achieve “A accreditation” based on Badan Akreditasi Nasional (BAN) which is valid until 2020 (027/SK/BAN-PT/Akred/S/I/2015). Department of Soil Science has been developed by the founders of Faculty Agriculture since on early establishment. “Pergoeroean Tinggi Pertanian” in Klaten and “Akademi Pertanian” in Yogyakarta were officially established by “Kementrian Kemakmoeran Repoeblik Indonesia” on September 27th 1946. Futhermore, its date becomes as Agriculture Faculty Universitas Gadjah Mada Anniversary and it is celebrated every year until now. Government of The Republic of Indonesia legitimated the establishment of Universitit Gadjah Mada under Kementrian Pendidikan Pengajaran dan Kebudayaan, including Fakultit Pertanian on December 19th 1949.
As instructed by by pasal 3 Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 37 Tahun 1950 about Universitat Gadjah Mada, our former Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Ir. Harjono Danusastro formed sections and departments. One of the departments is Department of Soils and Fertilizer with Prof. Ir Koesnoto Setyodiwirjo as a pioneer person. Faculty of Agriculture developed 2 sections starting from 1963/1964, namely Agriculture Section and Fishery Section. Department of Soil and Fertilizer was included in Agriculture Section. In 1972, Department of Soil and Fertilizer had been changed to be Department of Soil Science. It composed of 5 specializations including Soil Physics, Soil Chemistry and Fertility, Pedology, Soil and Water Management, and Agrometeorology.
In 1984, based on Keputusan Menteri Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI (the Ministry of Education and Culture) Number 0553/0/1983, the term of institution “Departemen” was reorganized to “Jurusan”, followed by conversion of institution’s name become “Jurusan Tanah”. The Department developed a Study Program of Soil Science in 1986 based on the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 22 / DIKTI / Kep / 85 and the Director General of Higher Education No. 221 / DIKTI / Kep / 1996 which is a follow up of the development of the National Curriculum (Decree of the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 0331 / U / 1994). Starting from 2015, Name “Jurusan” changes to be “Departemen”.