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Soils Minor

Agriculture and Natural Resources
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2023
  • Required credits in this minor: 19
Soil is the reservoir on which most life on earth depends, as the primary source of food, feed, fuel, forage, fiber, and pharmaceuticals. Soil plays a vital role in sustaining human welfare and assuring future agricultural productivity and environmental stability. A minor in soils will provide students within related fields of study such as Agronomy, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Turf Management, Biology, and Environmental Science with a foundation of the physical, chemical, and biological soil properties and processes essential to such a complex ecosystem.
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This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Soils Minor
Take exactly 5 course(s) totaling exactly 19 credit(s) from the following:
· SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
· SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· SOIL 3550 - Soil Genesis, Morphology and Survey (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
· SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
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SOIL 1293 - Soil Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formation, classification, and composition of soils, with emphasis on environmental quality, chemical and physical properties affecting growth and nutrition of plants, management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Recommended prereq: Chem 1001
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Soil fertility management and its effect on crop growth. Uptake and use of specific important nutrients; use of fertilizers, their composition and characteristics; importance of residue management to maintain high productivity; environmental impact of certain agronomic practices. Enforced prereq: SOIL 1293 Recommended prereq: CHEM 1001
SOIL 3550 - Soil Genesis, Morphology and Survey
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Processes of soil formation, morphology and use of soil survey information. Practical field experience describing soil properties. Required field trips. Enforced prereq: SOIL 1293
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/theory of surface/ground water quality, including but not limited to water budget, hydrologic cycle, water quantities, Darcy's Law, water quality units and flow rates, hydraulic conductivity/permeability, and laboratory tests for and maintenance of water quality. Enforced prereq: CHEM 1001, MATH 1031, and SOIL 1293
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management principles and practices used to increase productivity and conserve soil and water resources for agronomic crops. Maintaining wildland and environmental quality through use of shelterbelts. Enforced prereq: SOIL 1293