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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

The Construction Science concentration is designed to prepare you 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 quickly realized by 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 you a strong background in science and math, with exposure to relevant technologies such as CAD, GPS/GIS, sensors, and electronic information transfer. In addition, the added emphasis on business related coursework in the Construction Science track leads to a Minor in Business Administration. 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.


First Year

Hours Credit

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

Second Year

3ACCT 200  3
AGNR 290  3
2Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3
2Cultures and Civilizations  Elective* 3
3ECON 201 * 4
ENGL 295 * or ENGL 360 * 3
ESS 210  4
PHYS 221 * 4
CMST 210 * or CMST 240 * 3
3STAT 201 *  3

Third Year

BSET 325 , BSET 412 , BSET 414  9
3MGT 201  3
BULW 301  2
2Cultures and Civilizations  Elective* 3
CE 442  3
ESS 324  3
3MGT 300  3
4Technical Elective  3

Fourth Year

2Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3
BSE 404  3
BSET 411 , BSET 432  4
CE 543 3
3FINC 300  3
3MARK 300  3
4Technical Electives 9

Total 121

* 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. This concentration specifically recommends SPAN 211 , SPAN 212  for the Cultures and Civilizations requirement.
3 Meets requirements for the minor in Business Administration.
4 Note that some electives have required prerequisites. See individual course descriptions in the catalog for specific information. BSET 202 , BSET 326 , BSET 434 , BSET 474 ; ESS 334 , ESS 444 .


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