Plant and Environmental Soil Science - BS, Soil and Water Emphasis

Curriculum in Plant and Environmental Soil Science is administered by the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Students following this curriculum develop and utilize basic scientific knowledge to understand the most fundamental resources—plants, soils, and water—and the interaction of these resources in different environmental settings. The required courses provide an essential foundation in several disciplines, while the elective courses can be selected to meet the interests, needs and objectives of individual students.

Based on professional goals and objectives, students will select an emphasis in crops or soil and water. The crops emphasis focuses on the principles involved in the production, management, marketing and use of fiber, forage, grain, biofuel and oilcrops. In the soil and water emphasis, students will study the nature, properties, management, conservation, and use of soils and water. The graduate in Plant and Environmental Soil and Science may choose a career in: education—consulting, extension, or public relations; production agriculture—biofuel or seed production, farming, or farm management; soil and water resource management—soil surveying, land appraisal, land use planning, conservation and pollution abatement, or watershed management; environmental—pollution control and environmental protection as affected by plant-soil-water interactions.

Flexible curricula are provided so that each student, in consultation with their academic advisor, can design a degree program that best serves the student’s career objectives.

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Core Courses
CHEM 222Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry3
SCSC 205Problem Solving in Plant and Soil Systems3
SCSC 301Soil Science4
SCSC 307Crop Biology and Physiology4
SCSC 309Water in Soils and Plants4
SCSC 481Senior Seminar2
Experiential requirement
Select one of the following:3
Brazilian Agriculture and Food Production Systems
International Agricultural Research Centers - Mexico
Natural Resources and Agricultural Sustainability in UK
STAT 302Statistical Methods3
or ESSM 313   or Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems 
Pest Management
Select two of the following:7-8
Plant Pathology
and Plant Pathology Laboratory
General Entomology
Principles of Integrated Pest Management
Weed Management and Ecology
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology3
or SCSC 444   or Forage Ecology and Management 
Soil and Water Emphasis
GEOG 390Principles of Geographic Information Systems4
or ESSM 351/RENR 405   or Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management 
SCSC 310Soil Morphology and Interpretations2
SCSC 405Soil and Water Microbiology3
SCSC 406Soil and Water Microbiology Laboratory1
SCSC 422Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management3
SCSC 432Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management Laboratory1
SCSC 455Environmental Soil and Water Science3
SCSC 458Watershed, Water and Soil Quality Management3
Directed electives 16
Free electives16-17
University Core Curriculum Requirements
AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics3
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
COMM 203Public Speaking3
American history elective6
Communication elective3
Creative arts elective 23
Government/Political science elective 36
Language, philosophy and culture elective 23
Life and physical sciences5
Select from the following:
Introductory Biology I
Essentials in Biology
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
College Physics
Mathematics elective (MATH prefix required)6
Total Semester Credit Hours120