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  Feb 19, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor: Soil Science

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 21

GPA requirements to earn minor: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: None.

Contact Information: Ivan Fernandez, School of Forest Resources, Professor of Soil Science, Cooperating Professor, Climate Change Institute and School of Food and Agriculture, 1 Deering Hall, 207-581-2932,

This minor is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of soil science that goes beyond the basic soil science course required for most natural resource and environmental science disciplines. The focus of the minor is to add depth to the student’s understanding of the role of soils in supporting ecosystem services essential for society and the sustainability of our planet. The required courses build depth in the physical, biological and chemical form and function of soils, and elective courses allow the student to design their soil science minor curriculum to best address their disciplinary interests. It can be useful across a range of natural resource sectors including agriculture, horticulture, forestry, wetland ecology, and environmental science.

Please Note:
• PSE440 - Environmental Soil Chemistry and Plant Nutrition is offered Spring - even years.
• PSE442 - Pedology: The Science of Soil Morphology, Genesis and Classification is offered Fall - even years.
• PSE444 - Field Soil Morphology and Classification Techniques is offered Fall - even years and serves as a Co-requisite for PSE442. 

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