Plant and Soil Sciences: Soil and Water Resources, BSAG

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2020-2021. 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
or CHEM 1215 Chemical Principles I (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 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 1515Chemistry II (LN) 25
or CHEM 1225 Chemical Principles II (LN)
BIOL 1114Introductory Biology (LN)4
Select one of the following:4
College Physics I (LN)
Descriptive Physics (N)
Chemistry and Applications of Biomolecules
CHEM 3015
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) 3
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 Internship3
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 4893Environmental Soil Chemistry3
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
Related Courses
Select from the following:11
Evolution of the Earth (LN)
Practical Mineralogy
Upper-division GEOL courses
Environmental Soil Science
Precision Agriculture
Problems and Special Study
Applied Plant Science
Applied Agricultural Meteorology
Problems and Special Study
Upper-division PLNT courses
Principles of Rangeland Management
Applied Ecology and Conservation
Applied Ecology Laboratory
Natural Resource Administration and Policy
Climatology (N)
Meteorology (N)
Conservation of Natural Resources (S)
Remote Sensing
Issues in Agricultural Policy
Natural Resource Economics
Agricultural Law
Design Hydrology
Upper-division HORT and PLP courses that will count toward chosen minor
Hours Subtotal50
Select 0 hours or hours to complete required total for degree0
Total Hours120

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 2026.