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Soil Science

Requirements for the Major
Courses

263 Soils Building, 1525 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2633; www.soils.wisc.edu

Professors Bland (chair), Barak, Bleam, Bockheim, Hickey, Kung, Long, Lowery, McSweeney, Pedersen, Powell, Ventura; Associate Professors Balster, Hartemink, Laboski, Soldat; Assistant Professors Arriaga, Ruark

The Department of Soil Science provides undergraduate and graduate education in agricultural, environmental, and natural resource aspects of soils. Areas of emphasis include soil ecology; soil erosion and tillage management; soil fertility and plant nutrition; soil physicochemical phenomena; fate of soil contaminants; waste management; water and contaminant transport; pedology; and land-use analysis. Soils are a critical natural resource in environmental protection, food and fiber production, turf and grounds management, rural and urban planning, and waste disposal. All of these facets of soils and soil science are integrated into the department's course offerings and research programs. Soil science majors prepare for professional, technical, consulting and administrative positions in such areas as the environmental sciences, ecology and restoration, crop and timber production, soil survey, and informatics, conservation, environmental pollution control, turf and grounds management, and land-use planning. Contact the department for further information on career opportunities.

Students completing an undergraduate major in soil science earn a Bachelor of Science degree. A problem-solving "capstone course" that integrates knowledge gleaned from a diversity of courses is required.

Financial support—in the form of approximately 15 scholarships, part-time employment, paid internships, and work-study programs—is available to qualified undergraduate students. The department also provides opportunities and limited financial support in the form of research assistantships to qualified students seeking M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees (see the Graduate School Catalog).

Requirements for the Major

Courses may not double count within the major (unless specifically noted otherwise), but courses counted toward the major requirements may also be used to satisfy a university requirement &/or a college requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in the major that are not used elsewhere.

Mathematics and Statistics (8–10 cr)

Math 112 or Math 114 or Math 171*
Math 210 or 211 or 217* or 221 or Stat 301 or 371 or 571
*Note that Math 171 & 217 must be taken as a sequence.

Chemistry (9 cr)

One of the following sets:
(a) Chem 103 and 104 
(b) Chem 109 and one of the following five options: Chem 311, 327, 329, [341 and 342], or 565

Biology (10 cr)

One of the following sets:
(a) Botany 130* and Zoology 101 and 102 (recommended set)
(b) Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152
(c) Biocore 301 and 302 and 303 and 304 (381 and 382 and 383 and 384, effective spring 2014) [catalog update 8/23/13] 
*Botany 130 is required by the Turf and Grounds Track.

Core (15 cr)

Soil Sci 301
Minimum of 3 courses from: Soil Sci [321 or 621], [322 or 622], [323 or 425 or 523], 325, or [326 or 626]
Additional courses to complete 15 credits in soils coursework (Core section): Soil Sci 324, 332, 333, 334, 370, 399 or 699 (max. 3 credits), 451, 524, 532, 601, 623, 625, 631, 695, Envir St/F&W Ecol 301, Envir St/Geog 377

Specialization

Must complete one specialization (see details below).

Capstone (3–4 cr)

Soil Sci 499* or Envir St 461 or 575 or F&W Ecol 652
*Soil Sci 499 capstone required for Turf and Grounds Track.
Consult advisor to request permission to substitute another course for the Capstone requirement. Course must meet CALS Capstone Characteristics described in the Undergraduate Catalog and be approved by advisor and 116 Ag Hall.

Specialization Requirements

SCIENCE SPECIALIZATION

Must complete four common requirements and one sub-specialization chosen from: Physical Sciences or Environmental Sciences or Biosciences

Physics (8–10 cr)
One of the following sets:
(a) Physics 103 and 104
(b) Physics 201 and 202
(c) Physics 207 and 208

Math/Chemistry (4–5 cr)
Math 211 or 221 or Chem 311 or 327 or 329 or 565

Chemistry/Physics (9–13 cr)
One group required:
(a) Chem 341 and 342
(b) Chem 343 and 344 and 345
5 advanced Physics credits from: Physics 205, 241, 265, 307, 308, 311, 321, 322, 325, 407, 463, 501, 623, 625

Physical Sciences Sub-Specialization Courses (5 courses, 19–20 cr)*
*Some courses may fulfill Gen Ed requirements.
Atm Ocn 100 or 101 or Civ Engr 320 or Geog 321 or GLE/Geosci 627
Comp Sci 310
Envir St/Geog 127 or Geosci 106
Math 221
Stat 224 or 301

Environmental Sciences Sub-Specialization Courses (9 courses, 28–35 cr)
Chem 327
Math 222
Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 460
AAE/Econ/Envir St 343 or Envir St/M&EnvTox/Pl Path 368
Envir St/Geog 377 or Envir St/Land Arc/Soil Sci 695
Agronomy/Atm Ocn/Soil Sci 532 or F&W Ecol 451 or GLE/Geosci 627 or Civ Engr 423
Civ Engr 500 or 502 or Civ Engr/M&EnvTox/Soil Sci 631 or Chem 561 or 565
Civ Engr 320
Soil Sci 399 or 699

Biosciences Sub-Specialization Courses (4 requirements, 9–16 cr)*
*Some courses may fulfill Gen Ed requirements.
Biochem 501
Genetics 466 or 545 or Botany 563 or Microbio 375
One of the following groups:
(a) Microbio 101 and 102  
(b) Microbio 303 and 304
(c) Botany 330 or 332
Botany 240 or 260 or 460 or F&W Ecol 550

ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS SPECIALIZATION

Courses (20–23 cr)
Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 460
Envir St 112
Envir St 113
Envir St 126
Envir St/Geog 127 or Geosci 106
Envir St 461 or 575 or AAE/Envir St/F&W Ecol 652

SOIL INFORMATICS SPECIALIZATION

Specialization Courses (23–27 cr)
Soil Sci 325
Geog 320 or 325 or 326
Geog 370
Geog 377
Geog 576 or 577 or 578 or Soil Sci 695 or Urb R Pl 622
F&W Ecol 375 [Intro to Remote Sensing]
F&W Ecol 375 [Intermediate Remote Sensing] or 303 [Digital Image Processing]*
BSE 201
Geosci 444
*F&W Ecol 303 [Digital Image Processing] was previously F&W Ecol 375 [Digital Image
Processing].

FIELD CROPS SPECIALIZATION

Physical Science (3 cr)
3 credits from: Atm Ocn 100 or 101, Soil Sci 132, Geog 120 or 127, Geosci 100 (3) or 106

Ag and Applied Econ or Accounting or Personnel Management (6 cr)
6 credits from: Acct I S 100, 211, 300, 301, 329, AAE 215, 320, 322, 323, 419, 420, 421, 474, 577, MHR 300, 305, 420, 610, 611, 612, OTM 330

Specialization Courses (17–18 cr)**
**Some courses may fulfill Gen Ed requirements.
Agronomy 100 or Hort 120
Agronomy 300 or 302 or Hort 345
Agronomy/Hort/Soil Sci 326
Agronomy/Soil Sci 334 or Soil Sci 333
Pl Path 300
Entom 351

TURF AND GROUNDS SPECIALIZATION

Physical Science (3 cr)
3 credits from: Atm Ocn 100 or 101, Soil Sci 132, Geog 120 or 127, Geosci 100 (3) or 106

Required Specialization Courses—complete all (20 cr)
Acct I S 300
Botany 130 (counts toward Soil Science Major Biology requirement, above)
Hort 261
MHR 300 or 305
Pl Path 300
Hort/Soil Sci 332
Specialization Courses—complete 7 cr
Botany/F&W Ecol 402
BSE 201
BSE 216
BSE 218
BSE 243
Entom 351
Hort 120
Hort 262
Hort 461
[catalog update 8/23/13]