Nov 26, 2022
Biogeochemists study the physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in soils and ecosystems. This includes flows of energy, mass, carbon, nutrients, and water and how these flows regulate ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. The Soil Biogeochemistry specialization prepares students for careers in soil science, including its sub-disciplines soil ecology, soil physics, soil morphology and soil chemistry. Students learn about the role of soils in ecosystem processes related to nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, and other ecosystem services.
The courses that are part of this specialization provide theoretical and practical training in soil science with students acquiring skills needed for:
- field investigations of soils;
- chemical and physical soil analyses and interpretation of data; and
- reporting, including writing and presentation.
After completing the necessary coursework, students are prepared for graduate study or may enter employment with state and federal agencies, private firms, and non-profit organizations.
The curriculum provides students with enough credits to meet the requirements for federal positions as a soil scientist (OPM 0470 Series: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/soil-science-series-0470/).
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate critical thinking skills by assessing a problem, gathering and analyzing relevant information associated with that problem, and proposing possible solutions.
- demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- demonstrate technical competency within their respective discipline.
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Incoming students, freshmen and sophomores should contact:
CABNR Advising Center, in FA 236
Juniors and seniors should contact their faculty advisor directly:
Erica Bigio (A-L) - email@example.com
Julie Stoughton (M-Z) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.
If a major-to-major agreements is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core Agreement if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.
- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (27-36 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy ”.
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (4-10 units) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses.
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog
II. Additional Core Requirements (0 units)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
C. Global Contexts - CO11
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (72-73 units)
A. Environmental Science Core (36-37 units)
B. Soil Biogeochemistry Specialization (27 units)
i. General Requirements (21 units)
iii. Soil Geochemistry (3 units)
C. Technical Electives (9 units)
Select 9 units from the following courses. Courses used to satisfy other Core or major requirements may not be reused here:
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (11-21 units)
VII. Recommended Schedule
Spring Semester (17 units)
Spring Semester (14-15 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (12 units)