BS in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences with Emphasis in Soil Resource Management
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 school requirements, as well as the degree requirements below:
Emphasis in Soil Resource Management
This course of study prepares the student for employment as a professional soil scientist in government, industry or consulting. Courses offered in soil science emphasize the application of basic physical and biological sciences to understanding the function and use of soils. A major in soil, environmental and atmospheric sciences with an emphasis in soil resource management requires 128 credits for graduation.
Soil science professionals have a wide range of career opportunities, including working in land-use planning and assessment, agricultural and horticultural production, consulting and sales, landscaping and recreational management. Among the state and federal agencies that employ soil scientists are the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the US Forest Service, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Opportunities in private industry include working in environmental consulting firms and the horticultural and agricultural production and service industries.
|Emphasis core general requirements|
|Math reasoning skills|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3|
|or MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
|AFNR 1120||Computing and Information Technology||2|
|AFNR 2120||Working with Data Using Excel||1|
|or NAT_R 4325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|Senior capstone experience|
|SOIL 4320||Genesis of Soil Landscapes||4|
|Emphasis core quantitative skills|
|STAT 1400||Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences||3|
|or STAT 2530||Statistical Methods in Natural Resources|
|Additional courses (6 credits) in math, computer science, and statistics OR two of the following:||6|
|Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|Landscape Ecology and GIS Analysis I|
|Emphasis core science requirements (including one course in organic or biochemistry)||7|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|Organic chemistry OR Biochemistry||3|
|Select one of the following:|
|Organic Chemistry I|
or CHEM 2030
|Survey of Organic Chemistry|
|The Living World: Molecular Scale|
or BIOCHM 2112
|Biotechnology in Society|
|Select two of the following:||6-8|
|Introduction to Environmental Science|
or NAT_R 1070
|Ecology and Renewable Resource Management|
|Plants and their Cultivation|
| General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
|General Botany with Laboratory|
|Geology (any course)||4|
|Recommended science electives||9|
|Courses in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, entomology, geology, physics, and plant pathology as well as the following:|
|College Chemistry II|
|Principles of Weed Science|
|Plant Breeding and Genetics|
|Other emphasis core requirements||36|
|Introduction to Soils|
|Soil Science Laboratory|
|Soils and the Environment|
|Additional soils courses (12 credits) from the following:|
|Environmental Soil Physics|
|Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory|
|Environmental Soil Microbiology|
|Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition|
|Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Laboratory|
|Environmental Soil Chemistry|
|Precision Agriculture Science and Technology|
|Recommended electives, other soils courses or the following courses (6 credits)|
|Soil and Water Conservation Engineering|
|Irrigation and Drainage Engineering|
|Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering|
|Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling|
|Water Quality and Natural Resource Management|
|Watershed Management and Water Quality|
|Credits from general, quantitative, science and soil science to complete 128 total.||25-29|
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.
|AFNR 1120||2||CHEM 1320||4|
|AFNR 2120||1||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|HIST 1100 or POL_SC 1100||3||ENV_SC 1100||3|
|GEOL 1100||4||SOIL 2100||3|
|MATH 1100||3||SOIL 2106||2|
|Elective||2-3||Social Science Elective||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||3||BIOCHM 2110||3||International Studies recommended||6-9|
|CHEM 2100||3||PLNT_S 2110||3|
|AG_EC 1041||3||COMMUN 1200||3|
|MATH 1400||3||STAT 1400||3|
|ENV_SC 3290||3||Humanities Elective||3|
|NAT_R 3110||3||SOIL 4312||3||Internship recommended||3|
|SOIL 4320||4||Science Elective||6|
|Humanities Elective||3||Humanities Elective||3|
|Departmental Elective||3||SOIL 4313||3|
|Science Elective||3||Departmental Elective||3|
|Other Elective||10||Other Elective||10|
|Total Credits: 132-136|
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