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majors_minors: Soil and Hydrologic Science


Soil and Hydrologic Science

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

Lee E. Schweitzer

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-4789

Advisor's Email


This Department of Agronomy option provides a strong science education, while preparing students to apply this knowledge in many technical phases of soil, water resources, and environmental management. Opportunities are numerous and encompass a broad range of science, management, and education with diverse applications addressing agricultural water use, food security, soil and water quality, and secure water supplies. Students are especially qualified for graduate study in hydrology, water resources, soil chemistry, soil physics, soil microbiology, environmental science, soil mineralogy and genesis, and ecology.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)
(0.5) AGR 11300 (Introduction to Agronomy Academic Programs)
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)
Total Credits: 15
Second Semester
(4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II) or (4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)
(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(3) Core economics selective
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science)
(3) AGRY 29000 (Introduction to Environmental Science)
(1) AGRY 39800 (Agronomy Seminar)
(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)
(1) CHM 25701 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) Crop or plant science selective
Total Credits: 18
Fourth Semester
(3) AGRY 36500 (Soil Fertility)
(4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics)
(3) Ecology selective
(3) Humanities selective
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 16

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(4) AGRY 38500 (Environmental Soil Chemistry) or (3) AGRY 34900 (Soil Ecology)*
(4) PHYS 22100 (General Physics)
(3) Earth and atmospheric sciences (geology) selective
(3) Humanities elective
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 17
Sixth Semester
(3) AGRY 33700 (Environmental Hydrology)
(3) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology)
(3) Engineering or science selective
(3) Genetics, crop physiology and ecology, or biochemistry selective
(3) Social or humanities selective
(3) Written or oral communication selective
Total Credits: 18

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(3) AGRY 45000 (Soil Conservation and Water Management) or (3) AGRY 58500 (Soils and Land Use)
(3) AGRY 46500 (Soil Physical Properties)
(1) AGRY 49800 (Agronomy Senior Seminar)
(3) AGRY 56500 (Soil Classification, Genesis, and Survey)
(3) Engineering or science selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
Total Credits: 16
Eighth Semester
(3) AGRY 33500 (Weather and Climate)
(3) Agricultural economics, economics, management, or organizational leadership and supervision selective
(3) Engineering or science selective
(3) Social science selective
(4) Electives
Total Credits: 16

Additional Information

* Increase selective requirements by one credit if AGRY 34900 is selected.










Created at 9/26/2011 3:04 PM by Wilson, Kenneth N
Last modified at 2/27/2012 8:47 PM by Goecker, Allan D