The overall program is divided into three categories: Foundation course (3 credits), Supporting Science courses (15 credits), and Soil Science courses (13 credits). For courses to qualify as a supporting science course, they must be from the biological, physical, or earth sciences. For a course to qualify as a soil science course, the course must apply principles and concepts of soil science to solve problems within an agricultural, environmental, and/or ecological framework. Overall, nine credits must be unique to the certificate.
Foundation (3 credits)
Agron 182 (Introduction to Soil Science) 3 cr.
Supporting Biological, Physical, or Earth Sciences (15 credits)
Preapproved list from the following designators: ABE, AGRON, A ECL, BIOL, CHEM, CE, CRP, ENSCI, ENT, FOR, GEOL, HORT, LA, MTEOR, MICRO, NREM, PHYS (courses accepted for this requirement are wide-ranging; for a current list, please contact the Soil Science Certificate adviser).
(Total of 13 credits with at least 2 credits from each of the categories below and 9 credits of which at the 300-level or above)
Soil Physical Properties or Soil Water Relationships:
|Agron 282 (Soil Conservation and Land Use)||3 cr.|
|Agron 360 (Environmental Soil Science)||3 cr.|
|Agron 405 (Environmental Biophysics)||3 cr.|
|Agron 477 (Soil Physics)||3 cr.|
|ABE 431 (Design and Evaluation of Soil and Water Conservation Sys.)||3 cr.|
|TSM 324 (Soil and Water Conservation Management)||3 cr.|
|Agron 259 (Organic Compounds in Plants and Soils)||3 cr.|
|Agron 459 (Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry)||4 cr.|
|Agron 354 (Soils and Plant Growth)||3 cr.|
|Agron 354L (Soils and Plant Growth Lab)||1 cr.|
|Agron 485 (Soil and Environmental Microbiology)||3 cr.|
Soil Morphology and Geography:
|Agron 270 (Geospatial Technologies)||3 cr.|
|Agron 370 (Field Experience in Soil Description and Interpretation)||1 cr.|
|Agron 463 (Soil Formation and Landscape Relationships)||3 cr.|
|Agron 463L (Soil Formation and Landscape Relationships Lab)||1 cr.|