Plant and Soil Sciences: Soil and Water Resources, BSAG

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2017-2018. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American History
American History to 1865
American History Since 1865
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
STAT 2013Elementary Statistics (A) 13
Humanities (H)
Courses designated (H)6
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
CHEM 1314General Chemistry (LN) 14
or CHEM 1215 General Chemistry (LN)
Course designated (N)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
AGEC 1113Introduction to Agricultural Economics (S) 13
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)9
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
AG 1011First Year Seminar1
ENVR 1113Elements of Environmental Science3
or NREM 2013 Ecology of Natural Resources
SOIL 2124Fundamentals of Soil Science (N)4
Additional Requirements
CHEM 1515General Chemistry (LN) 25
or CHEM 1225 General Chemistry (LN)
BIOL 1114Introductory Biology (LN)4
Select one of the following:4
General Physics (LN)
Chemistry and Applications of Biomolecules
The Chemistry of Organic Compounds
MATH 1513College Algebra (A) 33
or MATH 2144 Calculus I (A)
Written and Oral Communications
Select one of the following:3
Written Communications in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Written Communication
Business Communication for International Students
Technical Writing 4
Select one of the following:3
Oral Communications in Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (S)
Introduction to Speech Communication (S)
Elements of Persuasion (S) 5
Hours Subtotal30
Major Requirements
Core Courses
PLNT 1101Orientation to Plant and Soil Sciences1
PLNT 1213Introduction to Plant and Soil Systems3
PLNT 2041Career Development in Plant and Soil Sciences1
PLNT 4571Professional Preparation in Plant and Soil Sciences1
PLNT 4080Professional Internship (3 hours)3
or PLNT 4990 Senior Thesis in Plant and Soil Sciences
SOIL 3433Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification3
SOIL 4234Soil Nutrient Management4
SOIL 4483Soil Microbiology3
SOIL 4683Soil, Water, and Weather3
SOIL 4893Soil Chemistry and Environmental Quality3
SOIL 4463Soil and Water Conservation3
GEOG 2344Digital Tools for Environmental Exploration (LN)4
GEOL 1114Physical Geology (LN)4
GEOL 4453Hydrogeology3
or NREM 4443 Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality
Select one emphasis area11
Hours Subtotal50
Select 0 hours or hours to complete required total for degree0
Total Hours120

College & Departmental requirements that may be used to meet GE requirements.


If used as (N) course above, hours in this block reduced by 5.


If used as (A) course above, hours in this block reduced by 3.


If ENGL 3323 Technical Writing is used to satisfy ENGL 1213 Composition II above; hours in this block are reduced by 3.


If used as (S) course above, hours in this block reduced by 3.

Emphasis Areas

Conservation Emphasis

NREM 3613Principles of Rangeland Management3
NREM 3013Applied Ecology and Conservation3
NREM 3012Applied Ecology Laboratory2
Select 3 hours of upper level SOIL, NREM or ENVR3

Environmental Management Emphasis

SOIL 4363Environmental Soil Science3
AGEC 3503Natural Resource Economics3
Select 2 hours of upper level SOIL, PLNT or NREM2
Select one of the following:3
Environment and Society (N)
Natural Resource Administration and Policy
Environmental Law And Policy
Natural Resources and Environmental Policy

Geology Emphasis

GEOL 1224Evolution of the Earth (LN)4
GEOL 2254Practical Mineralogy4
Select 3 hours of SOIL or GEOL3

Precision Agriculture Emphasis

SOIL 4213Precision Agriculture3
NREM 3083Geospatial Technologies for Natural Resources3
or GEOG 4333 Remote Sensing
Select 2 hours of upper level SOIL, PLNT or NREM2
Select one of the following:3
Computer Programming
Computer Science I (A)
Advanced Management Information Systems Programming

Crop Production Emphasis

PLNT 2013Applied Plant Science3
SOIL 4213Precision Agriculture3
PLP 3343Principles of Plant Pathology3
Select 2 hours of upper level PLNT or SOIL2

Pre-professional Emphasis

Select 11 hours of upper level GEOG, GEOL, PLNT or SOIL.

Other Requirements

  • A minimum of 40 semester credit hours and 100 grade points must be earned in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • A 2.00 GPA or higher in upper-division hours.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2023.