The Soil, Land Uses, and Climate Change concentration prepares students to become critical thinkers, address new and emerging issues and be versatile in multidisciplinary settings, while having a deep understanding of soils and soil processes, being knowledgeable of global and cultural issues, and possessing specialized technical skills in agricultural GHG management and inventory. A broad base of course work in soils, agriculture, ecology, statistics, economics, and climate change science as well as internship opportunities will prepare students for the climate change work force.

Effective Fall 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AGRI 192Orientation to Agricultural Systems 1
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C3
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
 
ATS 150Science of Global Climate Change 3
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
CO 301B or JTC 300Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)
23
LAND 220/LIFE 220 or LIFE 320Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)
Ecology
3A3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
AREC 340/ECON 340Introduction: Economics of Natural Resources 3
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry 4
SOCR 440Pedology 4
SOCR 455Soil Microbiology 3
SOCR 456Soil Microbiology Laboratory 1
SOCR 470Soil Physics 3
SOCR 471Soil Physics Laboratory 1
AREC 478 or POLS 362Agricultural Policy
Global Environmental Politics
 3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Soil, Land Use and Global Change Electives (see list below 3
 Total Credits 31
Senior
 
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture  
SOCR 400Soils and Global Change: Science and Impacts 3
SOCR 401Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Land Use, and Mgmt4C3
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems II4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 441Soil Ecology 3
SOCR 487Internship 3
SOCR 492Seminar 1
Soil, Land Use and Global Change Electives (see list below) 7-8
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Soil, Land Use and Global Change Electives Department List

Select courses in consultation with advisor.
AREC 342Water Law, Policy, and Institutions3
AREC 442Water Resource Economics3
BZ 353Global Change Ecology, Impacts and Mitigation3
ECON 344Economics of Energy Resources3
NR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation3
NR 425Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability3
NR 440Applications in Conservation Planning3
POLS 361U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy3
POLS 462Globalization, Sustainability, and Justice3
SOC 320Population-Natural Resources and Environment3
SOC 321Soil, Environment, and Society3
SOC 341Sociology of Rural Life3
SOC 460Society and Environment3
SOCR 322Principles of Microclimatology3
SOCR 342Organic Soil Fertility1
SOCR 350Soil Fertility Management3
SOCR 351Soil Fertility Laboratory1
SOCR 467Soil and Environmental Chemistry3
WR 416Land Use Hydrology3
WR 418Land Use and Water Quality3
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
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  3B3
SOCR 100General Crops   4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)  3C3
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
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    
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ATS 150Science of Global Climate Change   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
SOCR 240Introductory Soil ScienceX  4
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Elective   3
CHEM 245 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry   4
SOCR 440Pedology   4
SOCR 455Soil Microbiology   3
SOCR 456Soil Microbiology Laboratory   1
SOCR 470Soil Physics   3
SOCR 471Soil Physics Laboratory   1
AREC 202 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 340/ECON 340Introduction: Economics of Natural Resources   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Agricultural Policy    
Global Environmental Politics    
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Soil, Land Use and Global Change Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
LIFE 220 or LIFE 320 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 400Soils and Global Change: Science and ImpactsX  3
SOCR 401Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Land Use, and MgmtX 4C3
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems IIX 4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 492SeminarX  1
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture    
SOCR 455 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 441Soil EcologyX 4C3
SOCR 487InternshipX  3
Soil, Land Use and Global Change Electives (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  8
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