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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Soil Sciences Major, BS in Environmental and Soil Sciences – Construction Science Concentration

Drumm, Parker

Many human activities adversely impact soil, water, and environmental quality; and there is a constant need for experts in the technologies required to collect sound information and to provide food, fiber, and shelter in an environmentally-sound manner. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Soil Sciences provides students with a strong grounding in basic sciences or engineering technology to prepare them for a broad range of possible careers. Students in this program choose between two general thrusts: Science and Engineering Technology.

The science thrust provides options for three concentrations: Soil Science, Environmental Science, and Conservation Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability. All provide a very strong basis in the 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 engineering technology thrust has four concentration options: Agricultural Systems Technology, Construction Science Technology, and Off-Road Vehicle Technology. These engineering technology concentrations are applied programs highly focused on specific technical areas and are designed to provide the skills required to manage the sophisticated technological systems increasingly essential in today’s world. The four concentrations all provide a strong basic science foundation and add coursework designed to create programs of study emphasizing the application of technology in today’s world. Coursework in economics and the management of a small business are also included, along with oral and written communication. The construction science concentration leads to a Minor in Business Administration. While these programs provide a rigorous background in math and science and include courses in engineering, they differ from programs offered in the Tickle College of Engineering and College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Biosystems Engineering) leading to B.S. in Engineering, and ultimately to registration as a Professional Engineer. The engineering technology concentrations are less theoretical, more applied, and more focused towards specific industries.

The Construction Science concentration is designed to prepare students for entry into the very broad and diverse range of careers related to construction. This could lead to construction management opportunities in areas such as residential, agricultural, commercial, paving, and excavation construction. Students in this program typically enjoy the outdoors and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing a project grow from an idea to finished product. This field relies on knowledge from engineering, construction, and business; skills related to teamwork and leadership are important as well. The program is designed to provide a strong background in science and math, adds fundamental concepts from engineering, and exposure to relevant technology and techniques such as CAD, land surveying, and GPS/GIS. The business related coursework in the Construction Science track leads to a Minor in Business Administration. This business background is supplemented with courses addressing construction-specific issues in accounting, finance, and law; issues related to green/sustainable construction practices are also covered. Students are encouraged to identify experiences in construction practice such as internships or part time/summer work; and this is facilitated through the Construction Science Student Club.

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Soil Sciences – Environmental and Soil Sciences Major – Construction Science Concentration

Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
BSET 125   3 MATH 130  or higher or one Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Elective
GEOL 101 * or GEOL 107 * 4  
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 * 3  
MATH 151 * 3  
Term 2
ARCH 111 * 3 MATH 130  or higher
ENGL 102 * 3  
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 * 4  
MATH 152 * 3  
BSET 211   3  
Term 3
2ACCT 200  or ACCT 207   3 CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 *, or MATH 151 *
BSET 202 , BSET 224   6  
STAT 201 * or STAT 207 * 3  
PHYS 221 * 4  
Term 4
BSET 225 , BSET 270   7 CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 *, or MATH 151 *
2ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * 4  
ESS 210   4  
Term 5
BSET 325 BSET 335 , BSET 414   9 No milestones
CMST 210 *, CMST 217 *, CMST 240 *, or CMST 247 * 3  
2MGT 201   3  
Term 6
BSET 345 , BSET 425   6 No milestones
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
2FINC 300   3  
1Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 7
BSET 355 , BSET 435   6 Apply to graduate
ENGL 295 * or ENGL 360 * 3  
2MGT 300   3  
1Arts and Humanities Elective * 3  
Term 8
3Technical Elective 3 No milestones
BSET 432   3  
ESS 424   3  
2MARK 300   3  
TOTAL 120  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Select from the corresponding University General Education list after consultation with an advisor.
2 Used to meet requirements for the Business Administration Minor .
3 Select from following list: BSET 326 , BSET 434 , BSET 452 , BSET 474 ; ESS 442 , ESS 462 ; IE 304 , IE 405 , IE 423 , IE 427 ; GEOG 411 .