Undergraduate Minor

Minor in Environmental Soil Science

Minor in Environmental Soil Science
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Minor Undergraduate
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Environmental Soil Science

The Minor in Environmental Soil Science is intended to serve students and professionals who plan to pursue careers in soil science, soil health, or related agricultural, natural resource, and environmental sciences with a focus on the sustainable management of soils to produce food, fiber, and other products while conserving or regenerating natural and managed ecosystems.
The requirements meet the soil science course work requirements for Federal and state employment as soil scientists, as well as the course work requirements necessary to become a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS).
At least 9 credits counted towards the requirements for this minor must be unique. Unique credits must not be used to fulfill another university, college, or major requirement in the student's program.
With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, 6 credits of course work that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.
Students who are interested in enrolling should contact an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.
Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Soil Science

Complete all of the following courses (15 credits):
1.      The following course (3 credits):
CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
2.      Complete 12 credits from the following, with a minimum of 6 credits from the Soil Science category:
Soil Science
CSS 203 World of Soils 2
CSS 330 Soil Chemistry 2
CSS 340 Applied Soil Physics 2
CSS 360 Soil Biology 2
CSS 470 Soil Resources 3
CSS 480 Soil Fertility and Management 3
Approved Electives
ANS 418 Animal Agriculture and the Environment           3
CSS    411 Fire and Environmental Quality                         3
CSS    420 Cover Crops in Agroecosystems                      3
CSS    442 Agricultural Ecology                                          3
CSS    460 Plant-Microbe Interactions                                3
CSS    488 Agricultural Cropping Systems: Integration and Problem Solving 3
CSUS  354 Water Resources Management                       3
CSUS  453 Watershed Planning and Management            3
FOR    340 Forest Ecology                                                 3
FOR    406 Applied Forest Ecology: Silviculture                 3
FOR    413 Wildland Fire Ecology and Management         3
FW      410 Upland Ecology and Management                     3
FW      416 Marine Ecology and Management                      3
FW      417 Wetland Ecology and Management                  3
FW      472 Limnology                                                         3
GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
GEO    306 Environmental Geomorphology                       3
GEO    324 Remote Sensing of the Environment                  4
GEO    325 Geographic Information Systems                    3
GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
GLG    411 Hydrogeology                                                   3
GLG 412 Glacial Geology and the Record of Climate Change 4
GLG    431 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy                      4
GLG 446 Ecosystems Modeling, Water and Food Security 3
HRT    332 Tree Fruit Production and Management          3
HRT    336 Viticulture and Berry Production                       2
HRT    341 Vegetable Production and Management          3
PLB     402 Biology of Fungi                                               4
PLB     415 Plant Physiology                                              3
PLB     418 Plant Systematics                                            3
PLB     441 Plant Ecology                                                  3