Soil Science - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Soil scientists investigate the physical, chemical and biological characteristics and behavior 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.

Concentration: Environment & 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 concentration courses.
 

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. In addition to the courses listed for each major, you must take 35 credits in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and at least 24 credits of soil science related courses with a grade of C- or above including:

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1 14
English Composition - Level 2
Choose from one of the following:3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
Choose from one of the following:3-4
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 23
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I 34
General Chemistry II 34
Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 13
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
GEOL 111GIntroductory Geology4
Viewing A Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
SOIL 252
252 L
Soils
and Soils Laboratory
4
SOIL 312
312 L
Soil Management and Fertility
and Soil Management and Fertility Lab
4
SOIL 447Seminar1
Choose one SOIL Elective Course (300-level or above)3
Select 12-13 credits from the following:12-13
Soil Chemistry3
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Irrigation and Drainage3
Soil Morphology and Classification4
Soil Microbiology3
Environmental Soil Physics3
Concentration Coursework 5
Select at least one course from each of the following four categories to bring total concentration coursework to 30 credits30
All course selections must be in addition to the courses required under the Departmental/College and Non-Departmental Requirements sections listed above
Category 1: Soil, Water, Wildlife, or Range Conservation
Course category areas are as follows:
Range Science
Soil
Environmental Science
Wildlife Science
Category 2: Ecology, Plant Biology, or Crop Production
Course category areas are as follows:
Agronomy
Biology
Entomology
Plant Pathology
Weed Science
Horticulture
Toxicology
Category 3: Earth, Mineral, or Climatic Resources & Economics
Course category areas are as follows:
Agricultural Economics
Geography
Geology
Planning
Survey
Category 4: Advanced Science, Computing & Statistics
Course category areas are as follows:
Math
Chemistry
Physics
Computer-Oriented
Statistics or Applied Statistics
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry (or above except CHEM 310V)4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
Choose two from the following (lab is NOT required for this major):6
Natural History of Life3
Cellular and Organismal Biology3
General Microbiology3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 610-8
Total Credits120

Concentration: Soils

Crop production and plant growth are emphasized in the soils concentration. 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 well as farm management.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. In addition to the courses listed for each major, you must take 35 credits in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and at least 24 credits of soil science related courses with a grade of C- or above including:

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1 14
English Composition - Level 2
Choose from one of the following:3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
Choose from one of the following:3-4
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 23
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I 34
General Chemistry II 34
Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 13
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
GEOL 111GIntroductory Geology4
Viewing A Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
SOIL 252
252 L
Soils
and Soils Laboratory
4
SOIL 312
312 L
Soil Management and Fertility
and Soil Management and Fertility Lab
4
SOIL 447Seminar1
Choose one SOIL Elective Course (300-level or above)3
Select 12-13 credits from the following:12-13
Soil Chemistry3
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Irrigation and Drainage3
Soil Morphology and Classification4
Soil Microbiology3
Environmental Soil Physics3
Concentration Coursework 5
Select at least one course from each of the following four categories to bring total concentration coursework to 30 credits30
All course selections must in addition to the courses required under the Departmental/College and Non-Departmental Requirements sections listed above
Category 1: Crop Production & Protection
Course category areas are as follows:
Agronomy
Entomology
Plant Pathology
Weed Science
Horticulture
Category 2: Plant Biology & Ecology
Course category areas are as follows:
Biology
Rangeland Resources
Category 3: Soil, Water & Agricultural Business Management
Course category areas are as follows:
Agricultural Economics
Geography
Economic Geology
Range Science
Soil
Category 4: Advanced Science, Computing & Statistics
Course category areas are as follows:
Math
Chemistry
Physics
Computer-Oriented
Statistics or Applied Statistics
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry (or above except CHEM 310V)4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
Choose two from the following (lab is NOT required for this major):6
Natural History of Life3
Cellular and Organismal Biology3
General Microbiology3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 610-8
Total Credits120

Concentration: Soil & Water Science

The soil and water science concentration 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.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. In addition to the courses listed for each major, you must take 35 credits in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and at least 24 credits of soil science related courses with a grade of C- or above including:

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1 14
English Composition - Level 2
Choose from one of the following:3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
Choose from one of the following:3-4
Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 23
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I 34
General Chemistry II 34
Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 13
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
GEOL 111GIntroductory Geology4
Viewing A Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
SOIL 252
252 L
Soils
and Soils Laboratory
4
SOIL 312
312 L
Soil Management and Fertility
and Soil Management and Fertility Lab
4
SOIL 447Seminar1
Choose one SOIL Elective Course (300-level or above)3
Select 12-13 credits from the following:12-13
Soil Chemistry3
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Irrigation and Drainage3
Soil Morphology and Classification4
Soil Microbiology3
Environmental Soil Physics3
Concentration Coursework 5
Select at least one course from each of the following four categories to bring total concentration coursework to 30 credits30
All course selections must in addition to the courses required under the Departmental/College and Non-Departmental Requirements sections listed above
Category 1: Crop Production & Protection
Course category areas are as follows:
Agronomy
Entomology
Plant Pathology
Weed Science
Horticulture
Category 2: Soil & Water Engineering Management
Course category areas are as follows:
Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Economics
Civil Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Horticulture
Soil
Category 3: Ecology
Course category areas are as follows:
Biology
Geography
Geology
Range Science
Soil
Waste-Management
Wildlife Science
Category 4: Advanced Science, Computing & Statistics
Course category areas are as follows:
Math
Chemistry
Physics
Computer-Oriented
Statistics or Applied Statistics
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry (or above except CHEM 310V)4
PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I3
Choose two from the following (lab is NOT required for this major):6
Natural History of Life3
Cellular and Organismal Biology3
General Microbiology3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 610-8
Total Credits120