The Soil Ecology concentration emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of soils through the study of soil organisms and their interactions with each other and the soil physical and chemical environment. These interactions affect the cycling of elements including carbon and nitrogen, the release (or consumption) of greenhouse gases, water quality, soil formation and structure, and plant productivity. The curriculum is rigorous and includes a solid core of mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry courses, as well as specialized electives and ecology courses that allow students to tailor the concentration to their interests. Career opportunities exist in academia, state and federal health and environmental agencies, natural resource agencies (water and soil), state and national parks services, private industry as environmental assessors, and in the rapidly growing environmental consulting profession.

Effective Fall 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AGRI 192Orientation to Agricultural Systems 1
Select one from the following:  3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C 
Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)3C 
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3B3
SOCR 100General Crops 4
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
GEOL 120Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)3A3
GEOL 121Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
LAND 220/LIFE 220 or LIFE 320Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)
Ecology
3A3
PH 121General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A5
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one course from the following: 3
General Statistics  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry 4
CO 301B or JTC 300Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)
23
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture  
SOCR 322Principles of Microclimatology 3
SOCR 440Pedology 4
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Technical Electives (select from list below) 6
 Total Credits 29-30
Senior
 
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems II4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 455Soil Microbiology 3
SOCR 456Soil Microbiology Laboratory 1
SOCR 470Soil Physics 3
SOCR 471Soil Physics Laboratory 1
SOCR 486 or 487Practicum
Internship
 1-3
SOCR 492Seminar4A1
Technical Electives (select from list below) 10-13
 Total Credits 29-30
 Program Total Credits: 120

Soil Ecology Technical Electives Department List

Group 1: Ecology Technical Electives
BSPM 308Ecology and Management of Weeds3
BSPM 526/BZ 526Evolutionary Ecology3
BSPM 570Chemical Ecology3
BSPM 571Techniques in Chemical Ecology1
BZ 348/MATH 348Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology4
BZ 353/NR 353Global Change Ecology, Impacts and Mitigation3
BZ 450Plant Ecology4
BZ 471Stream Biology and Ecology3
BZ 561Landscape Ecology3
F 311Forest Ecology3
FW 555Conservation Biology3
MIP 432Microbial Ecology3
MIP 433Microbial Ecology Laboratory1
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements5
RS 478Ecological Restoration3
Group 2: Specialization Technical Electives
BSPM 424/BZ 424Principles of Systematic Zoology3
BZ 212Animal Biology-Invertebrates4
BZ 223Plant Identification3
BZ 333Introductory Mycology4
MIP 300General Microbiology3
MIP 302General Microbiology Laboratory2
MIP 350Microbial Diversity3
MIP 450Microbial Genetics3
RS 420Grass Taxonomy3
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics3
SOCR 341Microbiology for Sustainable Agriculture1
SOCR 342Organic Soil Fertility1
SOCR 350Soil Fertility Management3
SOCR 351Soil Fertility Laboratory1
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AGRI 192Orientation to Agricultural Systems   1
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
SOCR 100General CropsX  4
 Total Credits   17
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)  3C 
Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)  3C 
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)  3A4
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  3B3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   14
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry   4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1
Select one course from the following:   3
Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Ecology    
SOCR 240Introductory Soil ScienceX  4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 120Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)  3A3
GEOL 121Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
PH 121General Physics I (GT-SC1)  3A5
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Select one course from the following:   3
General Statistics    
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
CHEM 245 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry   4
SOCR 440Pedology   4
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture    
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
SOCR 322Principles of Microclimatology   3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Technical Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems IIX 4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 455Soil MicrobiologyX  3
SOCR 456Soil Microbiology LaboratoryX  1
SOCR 470Soil PhysicsX  3
SOCR 471Soil Physics LaboratoryX  1
SOCR 492SeminarX 4A1
Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 441Soil EcologyX 4C3
Select one course from the following:X  1
Practicum    
Internship    
Technical Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  10
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120