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  • Soil and Water Science Minor

    Hours: 15 credits, completed with minimum grades of C

    This minor must include SWS 3022/3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment and its lab. Additional SWS courses must be approved in writing by the academic adviser and the undergraduate coordinator in soil and water science at least two semesters before graduation.

    Fifteen credit hours in soils courses are necessary for certification as a soil scientist and/or to work for the federal government as a soil scientist. Some courses offered in soil and water science will not be accepted for certification or to work for the federal government. Please visit the undergraduate coordinator for more information.

    Required Courses

    SWS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment 3
    SWS 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory 1


    ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality 3
    SWS 2007 The World of Water 3
    SWS 2008 Land and Life 3
    SWS 3023L Soil Judging 2
    SWS 4116 Environmental Nutrient Management 3
    SWS 4223 Environmental Biogeochemistry 3
    SWS 4233 Soil and Water Conservation 3
    SWS 4244 Wetlands 3
    SWS 4245 Water Resource Stability 3
    SWS 4303C Soil Microbial Ecology 3
    SWS 4307 Ecology of Waterborne Pathogens 3
    SWS 4451 Soil and Water Chemistry 3
    SWS 4905 Individual Work 1-3
    SWS 4932 Special Topics in Soil and Water Science 1-3
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