Soil and Water Conservation Concentration

Urbanization, industrialization, and population growth demand effective management of land and water resources for multiple uses. This curriculum prepares students for conservation and management of soil and water resources for the long-range benefit of society. Requirements include a strong background in physical and biological sciences, ecology, and management to provide understanding of the physical, chemical and biological interrelationships of soil, water, and plants. Elective courses provide an opportunity for emphasis in areas of particular interest such as ecology, communications, agriculture, economics, political science, and others.

Employment opportunities are available with federal agencies such as Natural Resources Conservation Service and Bureau of Land Management; governmental units including state, county, and municipal agencies; planning and economic development districts; businesses in the agricultural industry, such as fertilizer and chemical companies; public utility companies; and private industry, including banks, financial institutions, and real estate agencies.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (78 Hours)

Course

Credit Hours

Agriculture 441

3

Agricultural Economics 110

3

Agricultural Engineering Technology 110, 460

6

Animal Science 110

3

Biology 418 or Geology 440

3

Botany 303 or 431

3

Chemistry 122

4

Economics 201

3

English 325

3

Geography 280 or 360

2

Geology 111, 113

8

Mathematics 160 or 210

3

Microbiology 251 or 310

4

Physics 211

3

Plant Science 110, 333, 422

9

Soil Science 315, 321, 412

9

Soil Science Elective (Soil Science 250 recommended)

2

General Electives (Chemistry 310 and Natural Resources Management 420 recommended)

7



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