The answer is both YES and NO. It all depends with the course you take and of course, what you will choose to major in as you wind up on your degree. So if for one reason or another you do not have a soft spot for soil, fertilizers and anything related to farming, choose your courses wisely. If on the other hand you love fertilizers, then you will enjoy studying the following courses.
It is not engineering per se. In fact, it has very little to do with engines and machines as other engineering courses do. Of course you will have to learn about farm implements and machines but that will just be in passing. You will however have to learn about different soil types and the best fertilizers for each. This should be fun if you are an outgoing person as it means you will have to travel to areas with red volcanic soil, black loam, clay and even sand. You will then conduct one or two research projects in such areas and find out one or two things about the best fertilizers for the said soils.
Everyone seems to love organic farming. That explains why there are now several careers on organic farming. Enrolling in one of these careers mean that you will have a chance to learn more about healthy and homemade fertilizers. It also means you will have know how to make them. This will come in handy at some point as you may use the skill to make some cash. You know, make your own organic fertilizer and sell a few bags to gardening enthusiasts within and about your neighborhood. Make no mistake about courses on organic farming. They may sound easy. But they aren’t. You will have to do a lot of research both inside and outside the lab.
Most environmental scientists end up working with forest conservation agencies. But somewhere along their courses, they learn the basics on how different fertilizers serve different needs. So expect to learn how some fertilizers can affect the environment and what you can do about it. Like soil engineering, the course may force you to travel every once in a while to research n effects of not just fertilizers but other substances on the environment.
It has little to do with farming. Very little. The same can be said about the cause and farming. The two are not related in any way whatsoever. But think about it. Synthetic fertilizers are made of nitrogen, phosphorus, ammonia and potassium. You will study each of these elements separately. This means you will have to understand what fertilizer numbers mean. How else will you balance chemical equations in the lab? It does not end there. Most fertilizer manufacturers employ chemical analysts as much as they employ environmental scientists, soil engineers and organic farmers. With that in mind, consider pursuing any of the aforementioned careers. You will learn interesting things about fertilizers and of course, meet charming people along the way.