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 majoring in Plant and Environmental Soil Science will select an emphasis in crops or soil and water. 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 with a soil and water emphasis may choose a career in: soil and water resource management such as soil surveying, land appraisal, land use planning, conservation and pollution abatement, or watershed management, or in environmental areas such as 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
SCSC 205 Problem Solving in Plant and Soil Systems 3
American history 1 3
Communication 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
American history 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
Select one of the following: 3
General Entomology  
Principles of Integrated Pest Management  
Plant Pathology  
Weed Management and Ecology  
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Directed elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
HORT 201 Horticultural Science and Practices 3
Select one of the following: 4
Botany  
Introductory Biology I  
Fundamentals of Chemistry II  
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
College Physics  
Select one of the following: 3
General Entomology  
Principles of Integrated Pest Management  
Plant Pathology  
Weed Management and Ecology  
Creative arts 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
SCSC 301 Soil Science 4
SCSC 307 Crop Biology and Physiology 4
Select one of the following: 4 3
Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
Statistical Methods  
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
RENR 205
Fundamentals of Ecology
or Forage Ecology and Management
3
SCSC 309 Water in Soils and Plants 4
SCSC 310 Soil Morphology and Interpretations 2
Directed elective 3 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
SCSC 405 Soil and Water Microbiology 3
SCSC 406 Soil and Water Microbiology Laboratory 1
SCSC 422 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management 3
SCSC 432 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management Laboratory 1
Select one of the following: 5 3
Brazilian Agriculture and Food Production Systems  
International Agricultural Research Centers - Mexico  
Internship  
Research  
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
GEOG 390
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
or Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management
4
SCSC 455 Environmental Soil and Water Science 3
SCSC 458 Watershed, Water and Soil Quality Management 3
SCSC 481 Senior Seminar 2
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120