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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Soil Sciences Major, BS in Environmental and Soil Sciences – Land Surveying Concentration

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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 two concentrations, Soil Science and Environmental Science. Both of these 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 Technology, Land Surveying, 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 technology 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 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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Soil Sciences • Environmental and Soil Sciences Major • Land Surveying Concentration


Surveying is a high-profile profession that merges analytical abilities with technology. Land surveyors are licensed professionals who specialize in obtaining measurements with both precision and accuracy. Working outdoors and indoors, in remote and urban settings, surveyors have an educational background in historical research, real estate law, geology, forestry, hydrology, and botany. Surveyors can choose from a number of professional specialties, such as construction surveys, boundary and control, hydrographic, GIS, and forensic surveying. The Land Surveying concentration has pre-approved education courses within its curriculum for taking the Tennessee Professional Land Surveyor-In-Training Exam (see The Land Surveying concentration can lead to becoming a licensed Tennessee Professional Surveyor.


First Year

Hours Credit

BIOL 111 *, BIOL 112 * 8
CHEM 120 *, CHEM 130 * 8
ENGL 101 *, ENGL 102 * 6
1MATH 151 *, MATH 152 * 6
2Social Sciences  Elective* 3

Second Year

AGNR 290  3
2Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3
2Cultures and Civilizations  Elective* 3
AGEC 201 * or ECON 201 * 4
ESS 210  4
FWF 212  3
MATH 202 * 3
PHYS 221 * 4
CMST 210 * or CMST 240 * 3
STAT 201 *  3

Third Year

BSET 326 , BSET 412  6
2Cultures and Civilizations  Elective* 3
4Electives 6
ENGL 360 * 3
ESS 301 *, ESS 324  4
FWF 313  2
3Technical Electives 6

Fourth Year

2Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3
BSET 414 , BSET 434  , BSET 474  9
CE 442  3
IE 423  3
3Technical Electives 12

Total 124

* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 MATH 141 *, MATH 142 * (or honors equivalents) may be taken for students interested in possibly shifting to an engineering major.
2 Choose from the University General Education lists  after consultation with an advisor.
3 Choose from the following list or from alternatives after consultation with advisor. Note that some electives have required prerequisites. See individual course descriptions for specific information. CE 210 , CE 355 , CE 455 ; GEOG 310 , GEOG 412 , or other technical courses chosen with approval of academic advisor.
4 Electives may be selected from any courses not already required for the major.


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