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2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

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Soil and Water Science
Description of the Major
The soil and water science major will enable you to identify and to describe the morphology of soils, to differentiate soils according to soil taxonomy and to distinguish soil forming factors. You will use this knowledge to assess properties of soils in relation to plant growth and environmental uses and to apply this knowledge to different soil uses in agriculture, natural resources and urban settings.

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Before Graduating You Must
  • Pass the soil and water science competency exam, given in four parts. One part will be given in each of the following required courses:
    • SOS 3022 Soils in the Environment
    • SOS 4451 Soil and Water Chemistry
    • SOS 4602C Soil Physics
    • SOS 4715C Environmental Pedology
  • Satisfactorily complete an approved research project in SOS 4905 or SOS 4941.
  • Pass AEE 3030C and AEE 3033C.
  • Satisfy the Florida statutory requirements for CLAST.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Skills You Will Acquire in the Major (SLOs)
  1. Identify and describe the morphology of soils, differentiate soils according to soil taxonomy and distinguish the soil forming factors.
  2. Appraise the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils in relation to growth of native and agricultural plants and environmental uses.
  3. Describe, identify and access the suitabilities/limitations of soils for different uses including, the behavior of water in soils/landscapes and policies for and implications of water allocation among urban, agricultural and natural resources uses.
  4. Analyze experimental data and interpret results in soil and water science.
  5. Create, interpret and analyze written text, oral messages and multimedia presentations used in agricultural and life sciences.

Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication
AEE 3030C         X
AEE 3033C         X
SOS 3022 and 3022L   X X    
SOS 4451   X      
SOS 4602C   X      
SOS 4715C X   X    
SOS 4905 or 4941       X  

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