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Option Soil Science Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Crop and Soil Science - College of Agricultural Sciences



The study of soil as a science provides students with a basic understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of this essential natural resource. Soil is the fundamental substrate for life in terrestrial systems. Our food, fiber, and renewable energy are dependent on soils. Our understanding of soils is critical in the successful siting of buildings and construction of roadways and other transportation infrastructure. Our understanding of global and local ecology depends on an awareness of soil and its properties. Soils are the filters of our water and play active roles in storing carbon and other materials that are essential in human existence. As a soil science student, you will explore issues including water quality and management, organic crop production, erosion and sedimentation, land use and reclamation, and soil quality and sustainability. As a soil science professional you will be able to use your knowledge and skills to solve real-world, sustainable living problems in urban, agricultural, forest, rangeland, and other natural systems. Many soil scientists work for the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Some work for other federal, state, or local government agencies as extension educators, researchers, or surveyors. Others hold teaching or research positions in colleges and universities. Soil scientists also work for fertilizer companies, private research laboratories, environmental service companies, insurance companies, and land appraisal firms.



Major Core


General Science Core

BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)

Choose 1 of the following chemistry series:
CH 121. General Chemistry (5) and CH 122, CH 123. *General Chemistry (5,5)
OR:
CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4) and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)

MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)

Orientation

SOIL 101. Introduction to Horticulture, Crop, Soil, and Insect Science (1)

Agricultural Sciences

ENT 311. Introduction to Insect Pest Management (4)
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3)

Select 1 of the following courses:
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
CROP 200. Crop Ecology and Morphology (3)
HORT 301. The Biology of Horticulture (3)

Select 1 of the following courses:
HORT 316. Plant Nutrition (4)
SOIL 316. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems (4)

Experiential Learning

SOIL 401. Research (3)
   or SOIL 403. Thesis (3)
   or SOIL 410. Internship (3)
SOIL 407. Seminar (1)

Ecology

Select 1 of the following courses:
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)
RNG 341. Rangeland Ecology and Management (3)

Technology

SOIL 468. Soil Landscape Analysis (4)

Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

CROP/SOIL 325. ^Ag and Environmental Predicaments: A Case Study Approach (3)

Capstone

SOIL 475. Soil Resource Potentials (4)

Option Requirements


Soils Research Track

GEO 201. *Physical Geology (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
   or GEO 203. *Evolution of Planet Earth (4)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
PH 201, PH 202. *General Physics (5,5)
SOIL 435. Environmental Soil Physics (3)
SOIL 445. Environmental Soil Chemistry (3)
SOIL 455. Biology of Soil Ecosystems (4)
SOIL 466. Soil Morphology and Classification (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

OR

General Soils Track

GEO 201. *Physical Geology (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
   or GEO 203. *Evolution of Planet Earth (4)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
   or MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
   or MTH 245. *Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
SOIL 466. Soil Morphology and Classification (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Select 1 of the following courses:
SOIL 366. Ecosystems of Wildland Soils (3)
SOIL 435. Environmental Soil Physics (3)
SOIL 445. Environmental Soil Chemistry (3)
SOIL 455. Biology of Soil Ecosystems (4)

Soil Science Electives

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:

Nutrient Cycling

AEC 211. Management in Agriculture (4)
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
BI/FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 547. Nutrient Cycling (3)
CH 130. General Chemistry of Living Systems (4)
CROP 199. Special Topics: Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (1)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3)
HORT 316. Plant Nutrition (4)
RNG 341. Rangeland Ecology and Management (3)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3) Ecampus only
SOIL 525. Mineral-Organic Matter Interactions (3)
TOX 430. Chemical Behavior in the Environment (3)

Soil Biology/Ecology

ATS 564. Interactions of Vegetation and Atmosphere (3)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
BI 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BI/FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 332. Lab Techniques in Plant Biology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (3)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
FES 341. Forest Ecology (3)
MB 302. General Microbiology (3)
MB 303. General Microbiology Lab (2)
MB 448. Microbial Ecology (3)
SOIL 366. Ecosystems of Wildland Soils (3)

Soil Hydrology

CE 412. Hydrology (4)
CE 413. GIS in Water Resources (3)
FE 430. Watershed Processes (4)
FE 434. Forest Watershed Management (4)
GEO 487. Hydrogeology (4)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
PH 202. *General Physics (5)

Spatial Analysis/Land Use

AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
FE 434. Forest Watershed Management (4)
FES 141. Tree and Shrub Identification (3) [Terminated winter 2017]
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3)
GEO 432. Applied Geomorphology (3)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
HORT 414. Precision Agriculture (4)
PH 201. *General Physics (5)
PH 202. *General Physics (5)
RNG 341. Rangeland Ecology and Management (3)
SOIL 366. Ecosystems of Wildland Soils (3)

Sustainable Systems

AEC 250. *Introduction Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
BOT 350. Introductory Plant Pathology (4)
CROP 199. Special Topics: Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (1)
CROP 300. Crop Production in Pacific Northwest Agroecosystems (4)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
CROP 440. Weed Management (4)
CROP 460. Seed Production (3)
CROP 480. Case Studies Cropping Systems Management (4)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
HORT 260. Organic Farming and Gardening (3)
SOIL 499. Special Topics (1)
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences and Conservation (3)

Water/Watershed Management

AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
FE 430. Watershed Processes (4)
FE 434. Forest Watershed Management (4)
FES 365. *Issues Natural Resources Conservation (3)
FW 326. Integrated Watershed Management (3)
GEO 322. Surface Processes (4)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
RNG 355. Desert Watershed Management (3)
RNG 455. Riparian Ecohydrology and Management (4)
SOIL 366. Ecosystems of Wildland Soils (3)


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Option Code: 160




 
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