BS in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences with Emphasis in Atmospheric Science
Degree Program Description
Soil is the medium of life. It provides essential nutrients so that our agricultural crops can produce bountiful harvests. It filters pollution and impurities from our water. It allows forests to grow and clean our air. The Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences degree combines interests in monitoring environmental change, conserving soil and assuring healthy streams while shaping new policies and educating others about the environment. Careers include Environmental Specialists, Soil Conservationist, Soil Scientists, and Water Quality Specialists. Environmental specialists find employment with federal, state, county and city government agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri Department of Conservation, or the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as well as numerous private consulting firms. They use their broad technical knowledge and understanding of ecosystems to provide expertise in situations involving a variety of environmental issues, which could include air and water quality, waste management, and responsible land use. Soil conservationists and soil scientists often are employed by state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. They are responsible for working with landowners, especially farmers, to ensure that soil conservation practices are in place on the land. They use their knowledge of the physical properties, tillage, chemistry and fertility of soils to make agriculture more productive while protecting the environment. They may also use their knowledge to perform onsite investigations for various land uses. Water quality specialists also find employment with government agencies and private consulting firms. They are responsible for monitoring rivers, lakes and streams for potential pollution from erosion and runoff, as well as ensuring that wells and other sources of municipal drinking water are safe.
Major Program Requirements
In addition to university general education requirements, students must meet the degree requirements below:
Emphasis in Atmospheric Science
Study of atmospheric science prepares the student for employment as a professional meteorologist in the National Weather Service, the military and other government agencies as well as meteorological consulting firms, broadcast outlets and industry. The emphasis in atmospheric science adheres to federal requirements for employment as a meteorologist, yet emphasizes interdisciplinary studies in natural resources leading to specialization in operational meteorology or environmental science. The course of study also serves as a preparatory curriculum for advanced study in atmospheric science. A major in soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences with an emphasis in atmospheric science requires 128 credits for graduation.
|Emphasis core requirements|
|Emphasis general requirements|
|Math reasoning skills|
|MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|Select one from the following or contact advisor for other selections:||3|
|Fundamentals of Communications|
|Business and Professional Communication|
|Those desiring a career in broadcast meteorology should consider the following courses or contact an advisor for other selections:|
|Media Communication in Society|
|Basic Audio Production and Performance|
|Digital Production I|
|Digital Production II|
|Acting for Non-Majors|
|Senior capstone experience|
|ATM_SC 4320||Atmospheric Dynamics||4|
|Emphasis core quantitative skills|
|STAT 1400||Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences||3|
|MATH 1160||Precalculus Mathematics||5|
|MATH 1700||Calculus II||5|
|MATH 2300||Calculus III||3|
|MATH 4100||Differential Equations||3|
|GEOG 3040||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS||3|
|or ENV_SC 4320||Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling|
|or NAT_R 4325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|Emphasis core science requirements|
|PHYSCS 2750||University Physics I||5|
|PHYSCS 2760||University Physics II||5|
|Other emphasis core requirements|
|ATM_SC 4310||Atmospheric Thermodynamics||4|
|ATM_SC 4320||Atmospheric Dynamics||4|
|ATM_SC 4350||Mesoscale Meteorology and Dynamics||3|
|ATM_SC 4510||Remote Sensing for Meteorology and Natural Resources||3|
|ATM_SC 4550||Atmospheric Physics||3|
|ATM_SC 4650||Long-Range Forecasting||3|
|ATM_SC 4710||Synoptic Meteorology I||4|
|ATM_SC 4720||Synoptic Meteorology II||4|
|Credits from general, quantitative, science, and atmospheric science to complete 128 credits||54|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|MATH 1500||5||SOCIOL 1000 or PSYCH 1000||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||COMMUN 1200||3|
|HIST 1100 or POL_SC 1100||3||MATH 1700||5|
|ATM_SC 1050||3||ATM_SC 2720||1|
|Humanities Elective||3||Computer Science Course||3|
|AG_EC 1041 or 1042||3||ATM_SC 3600||3|
|MATH 2300||3||MATH 4100||3|
|PHYSCS 2750||5||PHYSCS 2760||5|
|Elective||3||STAT 1300 or 1400||3|
|ATM_SC 4710||4||ATM_SC 4720||4|
|ATM_SC 4550||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|Science Elective||3||ATM_SC 4590||3|
|INFOTC 1040||3||Social Science Elective||3|
|Humanities Elective||3||Humanities Elective||3|
|ATM_SC 4310||4||ATM_SC 4320||4|
|Atmospheric Science Elective||6||ATM_SC 4990||3|
|Elective||3||Atmospheric Science Elective||6|
|Computer Programming or Geographic Information Sciences Course||3||Other Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 128|
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