Soil Science (Environment and Resource Management) - 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.

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
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
Choose from one of the following:3-4
Applications of Calculus I 23
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences11
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
GEOL 1110GPhysical Geology4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
SOIL 2110
2110L
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science 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 4
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 2115Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory (or above except CHEM 310V)4
PHYS 1230GAlgebra-Based Physics I3
Choose two from the following (lab is NOT required for this major):6
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution3
General Microbiology3
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 511-13
Total Credits120
1

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

2

MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I or MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites to enter either course first.

3

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses

4

Please see your academic advisor for a list of appropriate courses to satisfy the concentration coursework requirements.

5

Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However, students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor. 

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan. This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I or MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  and ENGL 1110G Composition I . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
Elective Courses 2
Freshman Orientation
and Financial Fitness for College Students (recommended)
BIOL 2110G
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
or Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
3
Choose one from the following: 2 3-4
Applications of Calculus I
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Area V: Humanities Course 3 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
GEOL 1110G Physical Geology 4
ACOM 1130G Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 3 3
Concentration Category Course: Category 1 or 2 4 4
Elective Course 1 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 4
CHEM 1121 General Supplemental Instruction I 1
Viewing a Wider World 5 3
Concentration Category Course: Categories 1, 2, or 3 4 4
Choose one from the following: 6 3
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
General Microbiology
 Credits15
Spring
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 4
CHEM 1122 General Supplemental Instruction II 1
SOIL 2110
2110L
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory
4
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
3
Elective Course 1 3-4
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Fall
SOIL 472 Soil Morphology and Classification 4
Viewing a Wider World Course 5 3
Concentration Category Course: Category 1, 2, 3 or 4 4 3
Concentration Category Course: Category 1, 2 ,3 ,or 4 4 3
PHYS 1230G Algebra-Based Physics I 3
 Credits16
Spring
SOIL 456
Irrigation and Drainage
or Soil Microbiology
3
SOIL 479 Environmental Soil Chemistry 3
CHEM 2115 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory 4
Concentration Category Course: Cateogries 1, 2, 3, or 4 4 3
Concentration Category Course: Cateogries 1, 2, 3, or 4 4 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
SOIL 447 Seminar 1
Concentration Category Course: Cateogries 1, 2, 3, or 4 4 3
Concentration Category Course: Cateogries 1, 2, 3, or 4 4 3
Concentration Category Course: Cateogries 1, 2, 3, or 4 4 3
Elective Course 1 3
 Credits13
Spring
SOIL 477 Environmental Soil Physics 3
SOIL 312
312 L
Soil Management and Fertility
and Soil Management and Fertility Lab
4
Concentration Category Course: Cateogries 1, 2, 3, or 4 4 3
Concentration Category Course: Cateogries 1, 2, 3, or 4 4 3
Elective Course 1 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits123-125
1

Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However, students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor. 

2

The degree requires wither MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I or MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, students who do not test into these courses will have additional MATH courses to complete in this semester and where "Elective Courses" are listed in the Roadmap.

3

See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses

4

Please see your academic advisor for a list of appropriate courses to satisfy the concentration coursework requirements.

5

See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses

6

Students must two courses from the following, to fulfill degree requirements:

  • BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 
  • BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
  • BIOL 311 General Microbiology