Soil Science (Soils) - 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.

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
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 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 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

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra 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
Semester 1Credits
MATH 1220G College Algebra 1 3
AXED 2120G Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture 3
GEOL 1110G Physical Geology 4
ACES 1120 Freshman Orientation 1
ACES 1210 Financial Fitness for College Students 1
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I 1 3
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
CHEM 1121 General Supplemental Instruction I 1
BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (Lab not required) 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Semester 1
PHYS 1230G Algebra-Based Physics I 3
BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lab not required) 3
SOIL 2110
2110L
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 1
4
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors 1 4
CHEM 1122 General Supplemental Instruction II 1
 Credits15
Semester 2
SOIL 312
312 L
Soil Management and Fertility
and Soil Management and Fertility Lab 1
4
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 1 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Soils Option Course 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Semester 1
SOIL 424 Soil Chemistry 1 3
SOIL 472 Soil Morphology and Classification 1 4
Choose one SOIL Elective Course (300-level or above) 3
Soils Option Course 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
SOIL 476
476 L
Soil Microbiology
and Soil Microbiology Laboratory
4
CHEM 2115 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory 4
Soils Option Course 3
Soils Option Course 3
Soils Option Course 3
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Semester 1
SOIL 477
477 L
Environmental Soil Physics
and Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory
4
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Soils Option Course 3
Soils Option Course 3
Soils Option Course 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
SOIL 456 Irrigation and Drainage 3
SOIL 447 Seminar 1
Soils Option Course 3
Soils Option Course 3
 Credits10
 Total Credits120