Soils are the most amazing habitats for life on earth. In each handful of soil, there are thousands of different types of microbes and a whole soil food web. These organisms interact within the soil to decompose plant materials and cycle nutrients that are critical to life. Humans depend on soils for food production, clear water, and as the foundation for our living world.  In recent years, new technologies have opened up this exciting frontier of science.

The purpose of the minor in Soil Science is to combine the fundamental sub-disciplines of soil science to provide non-majors the essential elements of soil science.

Effective Fall 2014

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Required Courses
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science4
SOCR 440Pedology4
SOCR 455Microbiomes of Soil Systems3
SOCR 470Soil Physics3
Selected Courses
Select a minimum of 7 credits from the following courses:7
Principles of Microclimatology
Soil Fertility Management
Soil Fertility Laboratory
Climate-Smart Irrigation Principles
Irrigation of Field Crops
Soils and Global Change-Impacts and Solutions
Soil Ecology
Soil Microbiology Laboratory
Soil and Environmental Chemistry
Soil Physics Laboratory
Hydrus-1D Workshop
Program Total Credits:21