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Geoprocessing and Soils Option

Earth, water, and air are the fundamental physical aspects of our environment and these are the areas of concern of the geosciences. Human impacts upon and interactions with our physical environment are growing, and this is reflected in increasing concern for the wise use and conservation of vital natural resources and for the mitigation of impacts of natural hazards. The geoprocessing and soils option is designed to broadly educate students in environmental science, with more in-depth study of the physical components of our environment.

Natural resource issues frequently become legal issues. There is a societal need for individuals trained in geosciences, environmental science, and law. The course of study of the environmental science major is designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental law.

Several faculty of the Environmental Science Program conduct active research projects related to the geoprocessing and soils option, providing opportunities for students to participate in the faculty’s research program, conduct supervised independent research, and to present or publish their research.

Graduates in this option are anticipated to be successful in finding employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for admission to graduate programs in geosciences and environmental sciences, as well as, law school programs.

Environmental Science: Geoprocessing and Soils Option (87-91 Hours Required)

AG 440 Precision Agriculture (3)
BI 163 Evolution & Ecology (4)
BI 332 General Ecology (3)
BS 105 Environmental Biology (3)
CH 185/085/005 General Chemistry (5)
CH 186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
EC 344 Environmental Economics (3)
EN 190 Writing & the Environment (3)
EV 400 Health Physics (3)
EV 201 Environmental Science Seminar I (1)
EV 401 Environmental Science Seminar II (1)
EV 454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
EV 481-483 Internship (3) OR EV 491-493 Research (3)
EV xxx EV Course (300-500 level) (3)
GO 110 Physical Geology (3)
GO 365 Environmental Soil Science (3)
GO 460 Environmental Hydrology (3)
GO 555 Soil Classification & Resource Management (3)
MA 139 Applied Calculus (3) (Logical Systems) OR MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
MA 223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
PH 106 Physical Concepts (3) OR PH 120 Introductory Physics I (5)
UI 429 Environmental Ethics (3)

Choose 6 hours from:

UI 331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
UI 360 Recycling & Waste Management (3)
UI 373 Earth and Life through Time (3)
UI 386 Environmental Health (3)
UI 387 Environmental Law and Public Policy (3)

Choose 3 hours from:

AG 551 Water Management (3)
GO 340 Remote Sensing (3)

Choose 3 hours from:

AO 427 Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition (3)
BI 440 Ecology & Management of Wetlands (3)

Additional Required Courses: (7)

CH 187 Inorganic Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Lab (2)
CH 341 P\Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 342 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

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