Concentration in Environmental Soil Science (also fulfills requirements for a Minor in Environmental Soil Science)
This concentration focuses on the study one of the world’s most valuable natural resources--soil--and its relationship with environmental quality, plant growth, and human health. Some of the many questions that soil science seeks to answer are: How can we produce food and energy crops for a growing world while protecting our air and water quality? How do chemical and physical reactions in the soil affect contaminant transport to ground and surface waters? What impacts do acid rain and global warming have on the quality of the soils in which we grow our food? Is it possible to use native soil microorganisms to remediate soil pollution and restore degraded lands to productive uses? Students in ESOS take courses in plant science, soil science, chemistry, physics, geology, and environmental science and policy to develop a sound, scientific understanding of the many natural and anthropogenic factors affecting soil use and land management. Environmental Soil Science majors also work closely with our faculty, an internationally respected group of scholars with expertise in soil chemistry, soil physics, soil and water conservation, and soil microbiology. Not only do our students learn from their professors in class, but they get to know them outside of the lecture hall and labs, through faculty-mentored research projects, club activities, independent studies, and internships. Students also benefit from faculty when it comes to choosing classes, searching for internships, and planning for future careers.
||Introduction to Soil Science
||Introduction to Soil Science Lab
||Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Three of the following courses:
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