Want to develop the science, practices, and technology of feeding the world while minimizing the environmental impact of agriculture?

The Major in Soil and Crop Sciences provides hands-on training and expert instruction that will equip students to solve current global challenges in soil, plant, and environmental sciences.

The demand for students with a fundamental understanding of soil and crop sciences combined with technical and data skills has never been greater. Our graduates go on to exciting careers in industry, government, entrepreneurship, and academia, with 84% employed within 6 months of graduation.

We offer six concentrations that enable each student to align their coursework with their specific interests.

Concentrations

Students do not have to choose a concentration, but are given the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to their individual interests. 

Minors

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will achieve:

  • Technical competencies, including knowledge and understanding of soil and crop science principles, the ability to apply these principles to specific issues, and the 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.
  • Professional interpersonal and communication skills, such as presenting a topic with logical development, technical understanding, mechanical and technique correctness, and accurate documentation of sources.

Potential Occupations

The demand for students with training in soil and crop sciences has never been greater. The agricultural sector is undergoing rapid change as we enter the era of big data and embrace new technologies. 

Effective Fall 2020

Freshman
AUCCCredits
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 110Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)3A3
SOCR 100General Crops 4
Select one course from the following: 1
Orientation to Agricultural Systems  
Transfer Seminar  
Biology Electives2 4
Arts and Humanities3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (AREC or ECON)13C3
 Total Credits 29
Sophomore
 
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)3A3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one course from the following: 2-3
Food and Nutrition in Health  
Survey of Human Nutrition  
Technical Electives3 7-8
Arts and Humanities3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 30-32
Junior
 
JTC 300Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)23
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics 3
SOCR 377Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture 3
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 Science Electives4 3
STAT *** Statistics5 3
Technical Electives3 10
 Total Credits 29-30
Senior
 
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems II4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 492Seminar4A1
Select one course from the following: 1
Practicum  
Internship  
Soil and Crop Science Electives4 4
Historical Perspectives3D3
Technical Electives3 8
Electives6 8-11
 Total Credits 29-32
 Program Total Credits: 120
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
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
Select one course from the following:   1
Orientation to Agricultural Systems    
Transfer Seminar    
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PH 110Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)  3A3
Biology ElectiveX 3A4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (AREC or ECON)  3C3
CHEM 107, CHEM 108, CO 150, and AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
BZ 110, BZ 120, or LIFE 102 are strongly recommended to fulfill Biology Elective requirements 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)   4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)  3A3
Select one course from the following:   2-3
Food and Nutrition in Health    
Survey of Human Nutrition    
Technical Electives (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)   3-4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
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   14-16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
JTC 300Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  23
SOCR 330Principles of Genetics X 3
SOCR 377Geographic Information Systems in Agriculture   3
STAT*** Statistics    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   14-15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems IIX 4A,4B,4C4
SOCR 492SeminarX 4A1
Select one course from the following:   1
Practicum    
Internship    
Technical Elective (See allowable subject codes on Program Requirements Tab)   3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   12-15
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