Soil Science

Degree requirements subject to change; please contact an advisor for the most current requirements.

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

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 credits): soil, water or range management; crop production or protection; farm and ranch management and economics; math, statistical, or computer sciences.

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 credits): soil, water, wildlife, or range conservation and economics; ecology, plant biology, or crop production; earth, mineral, or climatic resources; math, statistical, or computer sciences.

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 credits): soil and water engineering; ecology; crop production and protection; math, statistical, or computer sciences.

Requirements of Soil Science Major:
SOIL 252, Soils3
SOIL 252L, Soils Laboratory1
SOIL 312, Soil Management and Fertility3
SOIL 312L, Soil Management and Fertility Lab1
SOIL 447, Seminar1
Four of the following courses:
SOIL 424, Soil Chemistry3
SOIL 456, Irrigation and Drainage3
SOIL 472, Soil Morphology and Classification4
SOIL 476, Soil Microbiology3
SOIL 477, Environmental Soil Physics3
Other required courses (include two Biology courses (6 credits) from the following):
BIOL 111G, Natural History of Life3
BIOL 211G, Cellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 311, Microbiology3
CHEM 111G, 112G, General Chemistry I, II8
One additional CHEM course above CHEM 200, except CHEM 310V3-4
GEOL 111G, Survey of Geology4
MATH 142G, Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences I I or MATH 191G, Calculus and Analytic Geometry 13
PHYS 211G, General Physics I3
A computer-oriented course above C S110 approved by the department2-4