Soil and Crop Sciences, the studies of field crops and soils, are the foundation sciences underlying the production and management of food, feed, fiber, and energy crops to meet human needs and to protect the environment. Students are taught the importance of learning soil and crop science principles in alleviating concerns of rapidly increasing world populations, the demand on land for food supplies, and the demand for environmental quality to enhance human comfort and wellbeing. Special emphasis is placed on improved production efficiency and the conservation of soil, chemicals, energy, plants, and water. The curriculum offers broad-based coverage of the basic natural and social sciences, communication skills, and opportunity to explore interests and leadership potential. Seven concentrations allow for specialization in the major:

Concentrations

Students do not have to choose a concentration but are given the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to their individual interests. This provides opportunities for students to have a second major in a related discipline.  The Department also offers three minors:

Minors

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will achieve:

  • Technical competencies, including knowledge and understanding of soil and crop science principles, ability to apply these principles to specific issues, and ability to synthesize information, both technical and non-technical, to meet identified needs.
  • Problem solving skills, such as identifying a problem, collecting data, summarizing information, and drawing conclusions to the identified problem.
  • Professional skills, including interpersonal skills and communication skills, such as presenting a topic with logical development, technical understanding, mechanical and technique correctness, and accurate documentation of sources.

Potential Occupations

Participation in internships and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Paid summer internship positions exist for all students in this major, and often lead to a job after graduation. The job outlook for graduates is very optimistic, with more job openings than can be filled in some areas of study. Graduates work for a variety of federal, state, or local government agricultural agencies, state agricultural colleges or research stations, agricultural service companies, commercial research and development labs, and seed companies. Graduates who go on to pursue advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.

Some examples include: agronomic production manager; cooperative manager; genetic engineering scientists; land reclamation specialist; international agronomist; land-use planner; plant geneticist; plant breeder, seed, chemical, and fertilizer consultant; soil conservation specialist; soil surveyor; waste management specialist; water quality specialist; crop production; chemical fertilizer sales; crop consultant; county agricultural extension agents; agricultural products inspector; farm manager.

Effective Fall 2011

  

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AGRI 192 or 292Orientation to Agricultural Systems
Transfer Seminar
 1
Select one from the following: 3
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C 
AREC or ECON Social/Behavioral Sciences1
3C 
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
PH 110Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)3A3
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3B3
SOCR 100General Crops 4
Biology Electives2 4
 Total Credits 29
Sophomore
 
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
FSHN 125 or 150Food and Nutrition in Health
Survey of Human Nutrition
 2-3
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)3A3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Technical Electives3 7-8
 Total Credits 30-32
Junior
 
Select one group from the following: 4-5
Group A:
  
Plant Physiology  
Plant Physiology Laboratory  
Group B:
  
Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)3A 
Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
JTC 300Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)23
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics 3
Soil and Crop Science Electives4 6
STAT *** Statistics5 3
Technical Electives3 10
 Total Credits 29-30
Senior
 
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems II4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 486 or 487Practicum
Internship
 1
SOCR 492Seminar4A1
Soil and Crop Science Electives4 4
Historical Perspectives3D3
Technical Electives3 8
Electives6 8-11
 Total Credits 29-32
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select from the list of courses in category 3C in the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC).

2

Select from the list of biology courses in category 3A after consultation with advisor.

3

Select from the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Business, Engineering, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, and/or Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in consultation with advisor.

4

Select course(s) with the SOCR subject code.

5

Select a course with the STAT subject code.

6

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   1
Orientation to Agricultural Systems    
Transfer Seminar    
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)  3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)X 1B1
SOCR 100General Crops X 4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 110Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)  3A3
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  3B3
AREC or ECON AUCC 3C (Social and Behavioral Sciences)   3
Biology Elective (AUCC 3A)X  4
Chem 107, CHEM 108, CO 150, and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
BZ 110, BZ 120, or LIFE 102 are strongly recommended to fulfill Biology Elective requirement. X  
 Total Credits   13
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry   4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Technical Elective (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   2-3
Food and Nutrition in Health    
Survey of Human Nutrition    
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)  3A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Technical Electives (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)   4
SOCR 240 is strongly recommended to be completed by the end of Semester 4.  X  
Biology Electives must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
JTC 300Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  23
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics X 3
STAT*** Statistics    3
Soil and Crop Sciences Elective   3
Technical Elective (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)   3
BZ 120, LIFE 102, or LIFE 103 (if taking BZ 440) must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   4-5
Group A:    
Plant Physiology    
Plant Physiology Laboratory    
Group B:    
Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Soil and Crop Sciences Elective   3
Technical Electives (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)   7
SOCR 240 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems IIX 4A,4B,4C4
Select one course from the following:   1
Practicum    
Internship    
SOCR 492SeminarX 4A1
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Technical Elective (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Soil and Crop Sciences ElectivesX  4
Technical Electives (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)X  5
ElectivesX  8
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   17
 Program Total Credits:   120