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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Soil Science

Environmental Science and Technology (ENST)
1457 Animal Sciences Building, 301-405-1193

The minor will provide students with a sophisticated understanding of soil resources, its development, characteristics, and principles for its use and management.  Building on a basic introduction to the broad field of soil science, the program is completed by adding four or five upper division soils courses balanced between underlying principles and field applications.

All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of C- or better. Declared majors in the Conservation of Soil, Water and Environment area of concentration of NRSC or the Land and Water option in ENSP may not also minor in Soil Sciences.

Advising system for the minor:
The ENST Department has mandatory advising for each of its major and minor programs.  Students are required to meet with their advisor at least twice a year.


ENST 200 Fundamentals of Soil Science                         4

Select 13 credits from the ten courses listed below.  At least two courses must be from Group A.

Group A - Underlying Principles

ENST 411  Principles of Soil Fertility  3
ENST 414 Soil Morphology, Genesis & Classification       4
ENST 417 Soil Hydrology and Physics  3
ENST 421 Soil Chemistry  4
ENST 422 Soil Microbiology  3

Group B - Applications

ENST 308 Field Soil Morphology
ENST 413 Soil and Water Conservation                         3
ENST 415 GIS Applications in Soil Science 4
ENST 423 Soil-Water Pollution 3
ENST 430 Wetland Soils 3

Total Credits: A minimum of 17 credits are required to complete this minor.

Students attempting this minor will need MATH 113 or higher.  There are a total of 17 required credits in ENST classes, plus a 4 credit CHEM prerequisite.  Depending on the pre-requisites needed, and the optional courses selected and pre-requisites, students will take between 17 and 24 credits.

This minor is particularly relevant to students majoring in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Geology, Geography, Environmental Science and Policy, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Anthropology, Architecture, Agriculture Science and Technology, Horticulture and Crop Production, Animal Science, Landscape Architecture, Parks and Planning, Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Technology, Natural Resources Management.

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