Southeast Missouri State University
Environmental Science Program
Soil science is the study of soils in the natural environment with critical
attention focused on their physical, chemical, and mineralogical composition
and their biological diversity and sustainability. Human impacts on this
resource include agriculture, forestry and wildlife, urbanization and
recreation, and wilderness preservation. The Geoprocessing and Soils option is
designed to broadly educate students in environmental science, with more
in-depth study of the physical, chemical, and mineralogical properties of
soils and their ability to sustain their biological diversity and offset
deleterious effects of human activity.
One faculty of the Environmental Science Program is dedicated to active
research projects related to the Geoprocessing and Soils option and several
faculty of the Departments of Biology and Chemistry conduct active research
projects that involve soil assessment. The ability of the existing faculty
base is able to provide an interesting array of research projects for
supervised undergraduate research and to present and/or publish undergraduate
Graduates in this area are anticipated to be successful in finding
employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for
admission to graduate programs in soil science or environmental science.
Dr. Michael Aide, Department
Employment in government, business and industry, consulting firms; advanced
study in graduate school.
Visit the Career Opportunities
page to see what sort of careers are available in the environmental field.
Overall, there is a continuing demand for individuals with training and
expertise in the environmental field. There is a growing and continuing demand
of soil scientists in the environmental field, especially individuals that
have acquired professional license (Certified Professional Soil Scientist).
High School Preparation For Major:
A college preparatory sequence which includes four years of science (including biology,
chemistry, earth science, and physics) and four years of mathematics. Advanced Placement
and/or dual credit courses in science, mathematics, and English are strongly recommended.
Courses (credit hours) 15 hours
AO 427 Soil
Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3)
GO 555 Soil
Classification and Resource Management (3)
AO 555 Soil
GO 340 Remote
GO 445 Geographic
Information Systems (3)
GO 465 Clay
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February 20, 2006
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