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ARCHIVE - Soil Science (SOILS)

Begin Date: Summer Session 1999
End Date: Fall Semester 1999

Environmental Soil Science (ESOIL) - Archive


This major prepares students for positions with private firms that evaluate soils for various uses, delineate wetlands, perform environmental and hydrological assessments, and identify and remediate contaminated soils. It also prepares students for positions with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Students take courses in soils, hydrogeology, and the environment with flexibility to specialize in geotechnical soils, biological applications, nutrient management, environmental management, soil conservation, geographic information systems, soil survey, engineering, soil geology, or in any area represented by an official university minor. Most students participate in soil judging contests held twice a year at various locations across the United States.

For the B.S. in Environmental Soil Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45-46 credits including 1 credit of First-Year Seminar
(18 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 1-7 credits

(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
SOILS 100(1), 101(3)[1], 190(1) (Sem: 1-6)
SOILS 401(3)[1], 412W(3), 415(3)[1], 416(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
E R M 426(1), GEOSC 452(3), SOILS 420(3), 450(3), 490(1) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (32-37 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 201 GN(4) or 215 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
AG EC 101 GS(3), ECON 002 GS(3), 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 027 GN(3) or 110 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
GEOSC 001(3) or 071(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 034(3) or 038(4) (Sem: 3-4)
AGRO 028(3), BIOL 220W GN(3), FOR 203(4), HORT 101(3), or TURF 235(3) (Sem: 3-6)
STAT 200 GQ(4), 240 GQ(3), or 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-6)
AG 301W(3) or E R M 411(3) (Sem: 3-8)
SOILS 402(3)[1] or 419(3 or 4)[1] (Sem: 3-8)

Select 18 credits for specialization from department list. Courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement if used elsewhere in the major. (Sem: 1-8)

Note: Additional courses may be needed to meet American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy Crops and Soils (ARCPACS) certification or to prepare for some graduate program specialties.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1999

Review Date: 8/24/99


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