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 education, University graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3-5|
|or MATH 1160||Precalculus Mathematics|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3-5|
|or MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|Economics/Business Elective (select from ABM, ECONOM, FINPLN, FINANC, MANGMT, MRKTNG)||3|
|ABM 2123||Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences||3|
|or STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
|ENV_SC 1100||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|AGSC_COM 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||Introductory Meteorology||3|
|NAT_R 2325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|or GEOG 3040||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS|
Core Emphasis Area
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||3|
|or PLNT_SCI 2110||Plants and their Cultivation|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|FOREST 4320||Forest Ecology||5|
|or BIO_SC 3650||General Ecology|
|CHEM 1330||College Chemistry II||4|
|GEOL 1100||Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory||4|
|or GEOL 1200||Environmental Geology with Laboratory|
|GEOL 2400||Surficial Earth Processes and Products with Laboratory||4|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|or ENV_SC 4400W||Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|SOIL 4305||Environmental Soil Physics ( )||3|
|SOIL 4306||Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory||4|
|or PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I|
|Additional Emphasis Area Requirements||30-32|
|ENV_SC 2600||Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability||3|
|ENV_SC 3250||Pollutant Fate and Transport||3|
|ENV_SC 3290||Soils and the Environment||3|
|SOIL 4313||Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition||3-4|
|or FOREST 4330||Practice of Silviculture|
|or F_W 4600||Ecosystem Management|
|ENV_SC 4940||Environmental Science Internship||3|
|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 3600||Climates of the World||3|
|AG_S_TCH 4360||Precision Agriculture Science and Technology||3|
|AG_S_TCH 4420||Surface Water Management||3|
|ENV_SC 4305||Environmental Soil Physics||3|
|ENV_SC 4306||Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory||2|
|ENV_SC 4312||Environmental Soil Microbiology||3|
|ENV_SC 4318||Environmental Soil Chemistry||3|
|ENV_SC 4320||Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling||3|
|ENV_SC 4450||Environmental Hydrology||3|
|ENV_SC 4600||Sustainability Science Problem Solving||3|
|F_W 4500||Animal Population Dynamics and Management||3|
|F_W 4600||Ecosystem Management||4|
|FOREST 3207||Forest Fire Control and Use||3|
|FOREST 4380W||Forest Resource Management-Writing Intensive||3|
|FOREST 4390||Watershed Management and Water Quality||3|
|GEOG 3610||Physical Geography of the United States||3|
|GEOG 3630||Earth Surface Systems||3|
|GEOG 3830||Remote Sensing||3|
|GEOG 4710||Spatial Analysis in Geography||3|
|GEOG 4940||Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS II)||3|
|NAT_R 4110||Natural Resource Biometrics||4|
|NAT_R 4385||Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3270||Forage Crops||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3275||Grain Crops||3|
|SOIL 4313||Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition||3|
|SOIL 4320||Genesis of Soil Landscapes||4|
|HIST 1100 or POL_SC 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|ENV_SC 1100||3||MATH 1100||3|
|BIO_SC 1200||5||GEOL 1100||4|
|ATM_SC 1050||3||BIO_SC 1500||5|
|CHEM 1320||4||CHEM 1330||4|
|AGSC_COM 2220||3||SOIL 2100||3|
|FOREST 4320||5||Disciplinary Elective||3|
|ENV_SC 2600||3||SOIL 2106||2|
|STAT 1200||3||NAT_R 2325||3||ENV_SC 4940||3|
|FOREST 2151||4||ENV_SC 3250||3|
|ENV_SC 3290W||3||MATH 1400||3|
|GEOL 2400||4||Humanities Elective||3|
|Related Disciplinary Elective||3|
|SOIL 4320||4||FOREST 4330||4|
|ENV_SC 4306||2||General Elective||1|
|ENV_SC 4305||3||Related Disciplinary Elective||3|
|Related Disciplinary Elective||3||Humanities Elective||3|
|Computer Science Course||3||NAT_R 4353||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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