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
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
Core Emphasis Area
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|BIO_SC 3650||General Ecology||5|
|or FOREST 4320||Forest Ecology|
|CHEM 1330||College Chemistry II||4|
|GEOL 1100||Principles of Geology with Laboratory||4|
|GEOL 2400||Surficial Earth Processes and Products with Laboratory||4|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|Additional Emphasis Area Requirements||30-32|
|PLNT_S 2125||Plant Structure and Function||3-4|
|or FOREST 2151||Dendrology|
|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||1-99|
|Select from the following classes or course approved by academic advisor to achieve an additional 15 credits at the 3000/4000 levels. Must take at least one Atmospheric, Environmental, or Soil Science course, and one course that involved computer modeling.|
|Precision Agriculture Science and Technology|
|Surface Water Management|
|Climates of the World|
|Soil and Water Conservation Engineering|
|Environmental Soil Physics|
|Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory|
|Environmental Soil Microbiology|
|Environmental Soil Chemistry|
|Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling|
|Introduction to Conservation Biology|
|Animal Population Dynamics and Management|
|Forest Fire Control and Use|
|Forest Stand Dynamics|
|Forest Resource Management|
|Watershed Management and Water Quality|
|Physical Geography of the United States|
|Earth Surface Systems|
|Spatial Analysis in Geography|
|Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS II)|
|Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I|
|Society, Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition|
|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|
|BIO_SC 3650W||5||SOIL 2100||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2220||3||Disciplinary Elective||3|
|Humanities Elective||3||SOIL 2106||2|
|STAT 1200||3||NAT_R 2325||3||ENV_SC 4940||3|
|FOREST 2151||4||ENV_SC 3250||3||Humanities Elective||3|
|F_W 4600||4||MATH 1400||3|
|ENV_SC 3290W||3||Social/Behavioral Elective||3|
|FOREST 3207||2||NAT_R 3400||3|
|ENV_SC 4305||3||Other Electives||3|
|ENV_SC 4320||3||ATM_SC 3600||3|
|FOREST 4390||3||FOREST 4330||4|
|Computer Science Course||3||NAT_R 4353||3|
|Total Credits: 126|
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