Plant and Soil Sciences: Soil and Water Resources, BSAG

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. 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 (H)
American History Since 1865 (DH)
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 1314Chemistry I (LN) 14
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 Requirements
AG 1011First Year Seminar1
ENVR 1113Elements of Environmental Science (N)3
or NREM 2013 Ecology of Natural Resources
Departmental Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Written Communications in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Written Communication
Business Communication for International Students
Technical Writing 2
Select one of the following:3
Oral Communications in Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (S)
Introduction to Speech Communication (S)
Elements of Persuasion (S) 3
PLNT 1213Introduction to Plant and Soil Systems3
PLNT 2041Career Development in Plant and Soil Sciences1
PLNT 4033Applied Agricultural Meteorology3
PLNT 4080Professional Internship3
or PLNT 4990 Senior Thesis in Plant and Soil Sciences
PLNT 4571Professional Preparation in Plant and Soil Sciences1
SOIL 2124Fundamentals of Soil Science (N)4
SOIL 4234Soil Nutrient Management4
Select one of the following: 3
College Algebra (A) 4
Business Calculus (A)
Calculus I (A)
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Introductory Biology (N)
and Introductory Biology Laboratory (LN)
or BIOL 1114 Introductory Biology (LN)
CHEM 1515Chemistry II (LN) 55
or CHEM 1225 Chemical Principles II (LN)
Select one of the following: 4
Survey of Organic Chemistry
and Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry and Applications of Biomolecules
Descriptive Physics (N)
College Physics I (LN)
Hours Subtotal45
Major Requirements
Core Courses
SOIL 3033Soils and Societies (S)3
SOIL 3433Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification3
SOIL 4363Environmental Soil Science3
SOIL 4483Soil Microbiology3
SOIL 4683Soil, Water, and Weather3
SOIL 4893Environmental Soil Chemistry3
GEOL 1114Physical Geology (LN)4
GEOL 4463Physical Hydrogeology3
or NREM 4443 Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality
Related Courses
Select 10 hours of the following:10
Evolution of the Earth (LN)
Practical Mineralogy
Upper-division GEOL courses
Precision Agriculture
Soil and Water Conservation
Problems and Special Study
Agronomic Problem Solving
Cropping Systems
Problems and Special Study
Other upper-division PLNT courses
Sampling and Analyses for Solving Environmental Problems
Ecology of Invasive Species
Applied Ecology Laboratory
Applied Ecology and Conservation
Principles of Rangeland Management
Ecology Of Invasive Species
Natural Resource Administration and Policy
Digital Tools for Environmental Problem-Solving (LN)
Climatology (N)
Meteorology (N)
Conservation of Natural Resources (S)
Remote Sensing
Natural Resource Economics
Issues in Agricultural Policy
Agricultural Law
Upper-division HORT or PLP courses that will count towards chosen minor
Hours Subtotal35
Select 0 hours or hours to complete required total for degree0
Total Hours120

College & Departmental requirements that may be used to meet General Education requirements.


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.


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


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

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 2029.