BS in Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Land and Soil

Degree Program Description

Earth’s environment provides conditions conducive for life: an oxygenated atmosphere; water resources; and soil as a medium for plant growth.  Environmental processes occurring on the planet govern the movement of air, energy, matter, and water.  Through the study of Environmental Sciences, students will learn the science and experience the beauty of the outdoor environment.  This degree program addresses how human activities can adversely alter some environmental processes and environmental quality, techniques to improve environmental quality, and practices that minimize human impacts on the environment.  The Environmental Sciences degree provides a strong science foundation through general science coursework and specialized studies of the atmosphere, land and soil, water, and environmental outreach and education.  The degree combines interests in predicting and understanding weather patterns, monitoring environmental change, conserving and managing soil and biological organisms, assuring healthy streams and adequate water supplies, and improving environmental quality with the shaping of new policies and educating others about the natural environment and environmental issues. Example careers include Atmospheric Scientist, Climatologist, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Technician, Hydrologist, Land Manager, Meteorologist, Soil Scientist, and Water Quality Specialist. Employment may occur in a variety of sectors, including federal, state, county and city government agencies, non-government agencies (NGOs), and private consulting firms.

Major Program Requirements

The degree combines interests in monitoring environmental change, conserving and managing soil and biological organisms, sustainably managing soil, and improving environmental quality with the shaping of new policies and educating others about the natural environment and environmental issues. Example careers include Environmental Specialist, Environmental Technician, Land Manager, and Soil Scientist. Employment may occur in a variety of sectors, including federal, state, county and city government agencies, non-government agencies (NGOs), and private consulting firms.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences are required to complete all University general educationUniversity graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.


MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
Economics/Business Elective (select from ABM, ECONOM, FINPLN, FINANC, MANGMT, MRKTNG)3
ABM 2123Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 3
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
ENV_SC 1100Introduction to Environmental Science3
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
ATM_SC 1050Introductory Meteorology3
NAT_R 2325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
or GEOG 3040 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS

Core Emphasis Area

Biological Science15
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory3
or PLNT_SCI 2110 Plants and their Cultivation
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
FOREST 4320Forest Ecology5
or BIO_SC 3650 General Ecology
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
GEOL 1100Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory4
or GEOL 1200 Environmental Geology with Laboratory
GEOL 2400Surficial Earth Processes and Products with Laboratory4
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
or ENV_SC 4400W Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive
Soil Science5
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
Physics 4-5
SOIL 4305Environmental Soil Physics ( )3
SOIL 4306Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory4
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
Additional Emphasis Area Requirements30-32
FOREST 2151Dendrology4
ENV_SC 2600Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability 3
ENV_SC 3250Pollutant Fate and Transport3
ENV_SC 3290Soils and the Environment3
SOIL 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3-4
or FOREST 4330 Practice of Silviculture
or F_W 4600 Ecosystem Management
ENV_SC 4940Environmental Science Internship3
UpperLevel Disciplinary Electives
Select from the following courses to achieve an additional 15 credits. Must take at least one Atmospheric, Environmental, or Soil Science course, and one course that involved computer modeling.
ATM_SC 3600Climates of the World3
AG_S_TCH 4360Precision Agriculture Science and Technology3
AG_S_TCH 4420Surface Water Management3
ENV_SC 4305Environmental Soil Physics3
ENV_SC 4306Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory2
ENV_SC 4312Environmental Soil Microbiology3
ENV_SC 4318Environmental Soil Chemistry3
ENV_SC 4320Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling3
ENV_SC 4450Environmental Hydrology3
ENV_SC 4600Sustainability Science Problem Solving3
F_W 4500Animal Population Dynamics and Management3
F_W 4600Ecosystem Management4
FOREST 3207Forest Fire Control and Use3
FOREST 4380WForest Resource Management-Writing Intensive3
FOREST 4390Watershed Management and Water Quality3
GEOG 3610Physical Geography of the United States3
GEOG 3630Earth Surface Systems3
GEOG 3830Remote Sensing3
GEOG 4710Spatial Analysis in Geography3
GEOG 4940Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS II)3
NAT_R 4110Natural Resource Biometrics4
NAT_R 4385Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I3
PLNT_SCI 3270Forage Crops3
PLNT_SCI 3275Grain Crops3
SOIL 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
Capstone Experience4
SOIL 4320Genesis of Soil Landscapes4

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Semester Plan

First Year
HIST 1100 or POL_SC 11003ENGLSH 10003 
ENV_SC 11003MATH 11003 
BIO_SC 12005GEOL 11004 
ATM_SC 10503BIO_SC 15005 
 14 15  
Second Year
CHEM 13204CHEM 13304 
AGSC_COM 22203SOIL 21003 
FOREST 43205Disciplinary Elective3 
ENV_SC 26003SOIL 21062 
 Business Elective3 
 15 15  
Third Year
STAT 12003NAT_R 23253ENV_SC 49403
FOREST 21514ENV_SC 32503 
ENV_SC 3290W3MATH 14003 
GEOL 24004Humanities Elective3 
 Related Disciplinary Elective3 
 14 15 3
Fourth Year
SOIL 43204FOREST 43304 
ENV_SC 43062General Elective1 
ENV_SC 43053Related Disciplinary Elective3 
Related Disciplinary Elective3Humanities Elective3 
Computer Science Course3NAT_R 43533 
 15 14  
Total Credits: 120

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Major and Career Exploration

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