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2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Soil Sciences Major, BS in Environmental and Soil Sciences – Agricultural Systems Technology Concentration

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Many human activities adversely impact soil, water, and environmental quality. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Soil Sciences provides students with a strong grounding in basic sciences and technology to prepare them for careers in environmental and natural resource management. Students in this program study basic natural sciences as well as applied areas such as ecology, soil sciences, and natural resource policy. Students also build expertise with modern technologies such as geographical information systems, global positioning systems, and computer applications in natural resource management. Graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of interesting and challenging career paths and to work with a broad variety of other professionals to solve complex problems. Examples of potential careers include soil and environmental specialists and scientists; state and federal regulatory agency work; private consulting in environmental and agricultural areas; and working with non-governmental organizations with interests in agriculture, environment, and natural resources. Students receiving this degree are also very competitive for placement in graduate programs in environmental and agricultural sciences and technology, as well as law school.

The core program provides a strong grounding in the sciences and technology, while concentrations permit a focus on either science or technology. The three concentrations in this program are soil science, environmental science, and agricultural systems technology.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Soil Sciences • Environmental and Soil Sciences Major • Agricultural Systems Technology Concentration

The agricultural systems technology concentration emphasizes the skills needed to manage the sophisticated technological systems that are increasingly essential to modern agricultural production. The program starts with a basic science foundation, adds courses in crop production, pest control, and protection of soil and water resources, then introduces the technologies and control systems available to make production more efficient and environmentally sound. It rounds out the curriculum with analysis and management courses to tie all the information together and to most effectively use it in making and carrying out management decisions. Directed technical electives allow the student to concentrate in a particular area of agricultural production or to develop increased skills with particular technologies or management tools. Students from this program will have the skills and understanding to be successful in agribusiness, agricultural consulting, or employment with agricultural equipment and material suppliers.

This degree program has pre-approved educational courses for Tennessee Professional Land Surveyor-In-Training application. For more information, visit http://bioengr.ag.utk.edu/surveying.


First Year

Hours Credit

BIOL 111 *, BIOL 112 * 8
CHEM 120 *, CHEM 130 * 8
ENGL 101 *, ENGL 102 * 6
MATH 151 *, MATH 152 * 6
1Social Science Elective* 3

Second Year

ACCT 200  3
AGEC 212  3
AGNR 290  3
1Arts and Humanities Elective* 3
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective* 3
ECON 201 * 4
ESS 210  4
CMST 210 * or CMST 240 * 3
PHYS 221 * 4
STAT 201 *  3

Third Year

AGEC 350  or AGEC 355  3
BSET 326 , BSET 412  6
ENGL 295 * or ENGL 360 * 3
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective* 3
EPP 313 , EPP 321  6
ESS 324 , ESS 334  6
PLSC 457  3

Fourth Year

1Arts and Humanities Elective* 3
BSET 414 , BSET 432 , BSET 434 , BSET 462 , BSET 474  15
AGEC 412  3
2Technical Electives 9

Total 124

* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Choose from the University General Education list .
2 Note that some electives have required prerequisites. The prerequisites are either required in the major or are listed below. See individual course descriptions for specific information. AGEE 450 , AGEC 315 , AGEC 342 , AGEC 355 ; BSET 202 , BSET 452 ; BUAD 201 ; EPP 325 , EPP 410 ; ESS 442 , ESS 444 , ESS 462 ; IE 304 , IE 423 ; MARK 300 ; PLSC 240 , PLSC 410 , PLSC 430 , PLSC 434 , PLSC 435 .


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