Soil Science - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Soil scientists investigate the physical, chemical and biological characteristics and behaviors of soils, their description and classification, and their management for both agricultural and non-agricultural uses. Career opportunities include: industry jobs; environmental consulting firms; and federal, state and local government careers working on various environmental, agricultural and ecological projects.

Requirements

In addition to the courses listed for each major, you must take 35 credits in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. You must also meet university general education requirements. At least 24 credits of soil science related courses with a grade of C- or above including:

Required Courses
SOIL 252Soils3
SOIL 252 LSoils Laboratory1
SOIL 312Soil Management and Fertility3
SOIL 312 LSoil Management and Fertility Lab1
SOIL 447Seminar1
Select 12-13 credits from the following:12-13
SOIL 424Soil Chemistry3
SOIL 456Irrigation and Drainage3
SOIL 472Soil Morphology and Classification4
SOIL 476Soil Microbiology3
SOIL 477Environmental Soil Physics3
Other Required Courses
Select two from the following:6
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 311General Microbiology3
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
GEOL 111GIntroductory to Geology4
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
Total Credits70-71

Soil Science Options

Three options are available in soil science. In each case, your academic advisor has a list of appropriate courses.

Option: Environment and Resource Management

Soil science is integrated into the management of the environment and natural resources. Students interested in careers of conservation, environmental management, urban planning, waste disposal and related fields in government and industry may choose from a variety of course offerings. The economic and social implications as well as the technological aspects of resource management are included in the option courses.

You must select one course from each of the four following subject matter areas and a total of at least ten courses:30
Soil, Water, Wildlife or Range Conservation and Economics
Soil and Water Conservation3
Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3
Environmental Engineering and Science3
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics3
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
Soil Mechanics3
Hydraulic Structures3
Surface Water Hydrology3
Rangeland Resource Management3
Watershed Management3
Rangeland Restoration Ecology3
Rangeland Resource Ecology3
Rangeland and Natural Resource Planning and Management4
Any SOIL Course
Any FWCE course numbered 255-499
Ecology, Plant Biology or Crop Production:
Introduction to Weed Science4
Crop Physiology3
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Breeding3
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops4
Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
Principles of Ecology3
Plant Taxonomy3
Plant Physiology3
Ecology of Plants3
Conservation Biology3
Developmental Biology3
Molecular and Cellular Mycology3
Ecology of Microorganisms3
Applied and Environmental Microbiology4
Environmental Toxicology3
Economic Entomology3
Plant Pathology4
Introduction to Weed Science4
Fungal Biology3
Advanced Integrated Pest Management3
Parasitology3
Plant Nematology3
Plant Virology3
Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
Introduction to Horticulture3
Plant Propagation3
Landscape Design3
Medicinal Herbs3
Landscape Construction and Maintenance4
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Vegetable Crop Management4
Greenhouse Management4
Basic Toxicology3
Toxicology I3
Earth, Mineral or Climatic Resources:
World Agriculture and Food Problems3
Natural Resource Economics3
Water Resource Economics3
Applied Production Economics3
Case Studies in Food and Agribusiness Management3
Any E S course
Any GEOG course numbered 257-499
Any GEOL course numbered 295-499
Any SUR course
Math, Statistical or Computer Sciences:
Statistical Applications3
Any 300-level BCIS course
Any 300-level C S course
Any 300-level CHEM course
Any 300-level MATH course
Any 300-level PHYS course
Any STAT course numbered 311-499
Total Credits30

Option: Soils

Crop production and plant growth are emphasized in the general soils option. Soil management, soil conservation, and soil reclamation are related to plant growth for those students interested in both private industry and government employment opportunities as wells as farm management.

You must select one course from each of the four following subject matter areas and a total of at least ten courses:30
Soil, Water and Agricultural Business Management:
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems4
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS & T)4
Environmental Geology3
Geomorphology3
Geology of Mineral Resources3
Any AG E course
Any SOIL course
Crop Production and Protection:
Introduction to Weed Science4
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops4
Materials from Biorenewable Resources3
Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
Plant Propagation3
Landscape Design3
Medicinal Herbs3
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Breeding3
Landscape Construction and Maintenance4
Vegetable Crop Management4
Any EPWS course
Plant Biology and Ecology:
Principles of Ecology3
Plant Taxonomy3
Plant Physiology3
Ecology of Plants3
Conservation Biology3
Developmental Biology3
Molecular and Cellular Mycology3
Environmental Engineering and Science3
Technology and the Global Environment3
Rangeland Resource Management3
Rangeland Plants3
Rangeland Communities3
Rangeland Restoration Ecology3
Grass Taxonomy and Identification3
Rangeland Resource Ecology3
Vegetation Measurements for Rangeland Assessment4
Rangeland and Natural Resource Planning and Management4
Advanced Science, Computing and Statistics:
Statistical Applications3
Any 300-level BCIS course
Any 300-level C S course
Any 300-level CHEM course
Any 300-level MATH course
Any 300-level PHYS course
Any STAT course numbered 311-499
Total Credits30

Option: Soil and Water Science

The soil and water science option is for students interested in careers in water management and water quality. Employment opportunities exist with irrigation districts, consulting firms, and government agencies dealing with water management and quality. The optimum use of water in semi-arid areas is emphasized through selection of courses in the technical and social sciences.

You must select one course from each of the four following subject matter areas and a total of at least ten courses:30
Crop Production and Water Use:
Principles of Crop Production4
Plant Mineral Nutrition3
Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops4
Diagnosing Plant Disorders3
Introduction to Weed Science4
Plant Physiology3
Landscape Design3
Crop Physiology3
Plant Breeding3
Vegetable Crop Management4
Greenhouse Management4
Soil and Water Engineering and Mangement:
Design of Water Wells/Pumping Systems3
Soil and Water Conservation3
Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3
Natural Resource Economics3
Environmental Engineering and Science3
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3
Soil Mechanics3
Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering3
Geohydrology3-4
Hydraulic Structures3
Surface Water Hydrology3
Soil Chemistry3
Irrigation and Drainage3
Environmental Soil Physics3
Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory1
Environmental Soil Chemistry3
Ecology
Introductory Microbiology3
Principles of Ecology3
Ecology of Plants3
Conservation Biology3
Molecular and Cellular Mycology3
Applied and Environmental Microbiology4
World Agriculture and Food Problems3
Climatology3
Aerial Photo Interpretation3
Environmental Planning3
Landscape Ecology4
Southwest Environments3
Environmental Geology3
Rangeland Restoration Ecology3
Rangeland Resource Ecology3
Vegetation Measurements for Rangeland Assessment4
Soil Morphology and Classification4
Soil Microbiology3
Advanced Science, Computing and Statistics:
Statistical Applications3
Any 300-level BCIS course
Any 300-level C S course
Any 300-level CHEM course
Any 300-level MATH course
Any 300-level PHYS course
Any STAT course numbered 311-499
Total Credits30