Minor in Soil Science


Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 21

GPA requirements to earn minor: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: None.

This minor is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of soil science that goes beyond the basic soil science course required for most natural resource and environmental science disciplines. The focus of the minor is to add depth to the student’s understanding of the role of soils in supporting ecosystem services essential for the sustainability of our planet. The required courses build depth in the physical, biological, and chemical form and function of soils, and elective courses allow the student to design their soil science minor curriculum to best address their disciplinary interests. The minor reaches across a range of natural resource sectors including agriculture, horticulture, forestry, wetland ecology, and environmental science.
Required Courses:

  • EES 140 – Soil Science Credits: 3
  • EES 141 – Soil Science Laboratory Credits: 1
  • PSE 440 – Environmental Soil Chemistry and Plant Nutrition Credits: 3
  • PSE 442 – Pedology: The Science of Soil Morphology, Genesis and Classification Credits: 3
  • PSE 444 – Field Soil Morphology and Classification Techniques Credits: 1

Supporting courses (Minimum of 9 credits)

  • ERS 330 – Mineralogy Credits: 4
  • ERS 441 – Glaciers and Our Landscape Credits: 3
  • PSE 320 – Soil Organic Matter Management Credits: 3
  • PSE 469 – Soil Microbiology Credits: 3
  • WLE 413 – Wetland Delineation and Mapping Credits: 4