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(Archive) Soil Science (SOILS)

Begin Date: Summer Session 1991
End Date: Spring Semester 1999 (Name change to Environmental Soil Science - ESOIL)

Soil Science (SOILS) - (ARCHIVE)


Students in this major study the origin, spatial relationships, properties, interpretations, management, and classification of soils. The approach includes agricultural as well as non-agricultural soils.

Graduates find employment as land use and management specialists, soil conservationists, soil scientists, and in other positions that require a specialized knowledge of soils and their management for a wide range of uses in agricultural and non-agricultural settings.

Course selection is sufficiently flexible for students to develop programs of study emphasizing geographic, geologic, engineering, or agricultural knowledge about soil science or to sample widely from these areas.

For the B.S. in Soil Science, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

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

(15-18 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 10-14 credits

(This includes 15-18 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses: 0-3 credits of GS courses.)

C E 144(2) (Sem: 1-7)
BIOCH 001 GN(3), BIOL 027 GN(3), CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
AGRO 028(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 215 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
MICRB 106 GN(3), SOILS 100(2) (Sem: 3-8)
AGRO 402(3)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)
SOILS 401(3)[1], 415(3)[1], 416(3)[1], 422(3), 490(1) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (27-28 credits)
S T S 100 GH(3) or 200 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)
GEOG 010 GN(3) or 020 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)
AGRO 001 (4)[1] or SOILS 200(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3), 201C GQ(3), or 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
GEOSC 001(3), 002 GN(3), or 024(3) (Sem: 3-8)
LARCH 003 GA(3) or 127(3) (Sem: 3-8)
GEOG 352(3), 357(3), or 451(3) (Sem: 5-8)
GEOSC 303(3) or 340(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from C E 413(3), COM S 310(3), E G 030(2), ECON 014 GS(3), FOR 455(3), 470(3), GEOG 406(3), 454(3), GEOSC 452(3) (Sem: 3-8)

Select 3 credits in communications from department list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits in AGRO or SOILS (Sem: 5-8)

Note: Students who wish certification with ARCPACS as a soil scientist need to select 3 additional credits in mathematics, 1 additional credit in chemistry, 3 credits in statistics, and 3 credits in economics beyond those specified for the major.

[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: Summer Session 1991

Blue Sheet Item #: 18-01-001

Review Date: 6/7/99


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