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.

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Major Program Requirements

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

Core Emphasis Area

Biological Science15
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory5
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
BIO_SC 3650General Ecology5
or FOREST 4320 Forest Ecology
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
GEOL 1100Principles of Geology with Laboratory4
GEOL 2400Surficial Earth Processes and Products with Laboratory4
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
Soil Science5
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
Additional Emphasis Area Requirements30-32
PLNT_S 2125Plant Structure and Function3-4
or FOREST 2151 Dendrology
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 Internship1-99
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
Ecosystem 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
Remote Sensing
Spatial Analysis in Geography
Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS II)
Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I
Forage Crops
Grain Crops
Society, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
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 
BIO_SC 3650W5SOIL 21003 
AG_ED_LD 22203Disciplinary Elective3 
Humanities Elective3SOIL 21062 
 Business Elective3 
 15 15  
Third Year
STAT 12003NAT_R 23253ENV_SC 49403
FOREST 21514ENV_SC 32503Humanities Elective3
F_W 46004MATH 14003 
ENV_SC 3290W3Social/Behavioral Elective3 
FOREST 32072NAT_R 34003 
 16 15 6
Fourth Year
ENV_SC 43053Other Electives3 
ENV_SC 43062Capstone3 
ENV_SC 43203ATM_SC 36003 
FOREST 43903FOREST 43304 
Computer Science Course3NAT_R 43533 
 14 16  
Total Credits: 126

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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