Recommended Academic Plan for Environmental Resource Management/Soil Science Option (E R M/SOIL) at Commonwealth Campuses

Effective Date: Summer 2014

Semester 1 (fall)

Course DetailsCredits
CHEM 110 (GN) Chemical Principles INotes for: CHEM 110

CHEM 110

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ECON 102 (GS) Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and PolicyNotes for: ECON 102

ECON 102

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or AG BM 101 (GS) Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision MakingNotes for: AG BM 101

AG BM 101

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
MATH 110 (GQ) Techniques of Calculus INotes for: MATH 110

MATH 110

For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or MATH 140 (GQ) Calculus with Analytic Geometry INotes for: MATH 140

MATH 140

For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
First-Year SeminarNotes for: First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar

For campuses that do not require a first-year seminar and offer an alternative first-year engagement plan, this first-year seminar requirement will be waived. A student must, however, still meet the minimum number of credits required for graduation (121.0) which may require the student to take an additional elective.
1-3
3
Total credits 14-16

Semester 2 (spring)

Course DetailsCredits
CHEM 112 (GN) Chemical Principles IINotes for: CHEM 112

CHEM 112

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and CompositionNotes for: ENGL 015

ENGL 015

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 030 (GWS) Honors Freshman CompositionNotes for: ENGL 030

ENGL 030

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective SpeechNotes for: CAS 100

CAS 100

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
GEOSC 020 (GN) Planet Earth
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
Total credits 15

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
BIOL 110 (GN) Biology: Basic Concepts and BiodiversityNotes for: BIOL 110

BIOL 110

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or BIOL 127 (GN) Introduction to Plant BiologyNotes for: BIOL 127

BIOL 127

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3-4
CHEM 111 (GN) Experimental Chemistry INotes for: CHEM 111

CHEM 111

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
3
STAT 200 (GQ) Elementary StatisticsNotes for: STAT 200

STAT 200

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or STAT 240 (GQ) Introduction to BiometryNotes for: STAT 240

STAT 240

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or STAT 250 (GQ) Introduction to BiostatisticsNotes for: STAT 250

STAT 250

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3-4
3
1.5
Total credits 14.5-16.5

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
PHYS 211 (GN) General Physics: MechanicsNotes for: PHYS 211

PHYS 211

For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or PHYS 250 (GN) Introductory Physics INotes for: PHYS 250

PHYS 250

For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
ENGL 202C (GWS) Effective Writing: Technical WritingNotes for: ENGL 202C

ENGL 202C

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
3
3
1.5
Total credits 14.5

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
SOILS 101 (GN) Introductory Soil ScienceNotes for: SOILS 101

SOILS 101

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
1
SOILS 412W Soil EcologyNotes for: SOILS 412W

SOILS 412W

Offered only in Fall semesters
3
3
A S M 327 Soil and Water Resource ManagementNotes for: A S M 327

A S M 327

Offered only in Fall semesters
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
E R M 151 Careers and Issues in Environmental Resource ManagementNotes for: E R M 151

E R M 151

Offered only in Fall semesters
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
SOILS 403 Soil Morphology PracticumNotes for: SOILS 403

SOILS 403

Offered only in Fall semesters
2
Total credits 16

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
4
3
Specialization/Minor CourseNotes for: Specialization/Minor Course

Specialization/Minor Course

Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
3
Specialization/Minor CourseNotes for: Specialization/Minor Course

Specialization/Minor Course

Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
3
Specialization/Minor CourseNotes for: Specialization/Minor Course

Specialization/Minor Course

Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
3
Total credits 16

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
3
Specialization/Minor CourseNotes for: Specialization/Minor Course

Specialization/Minor Course

Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
3
Specialization/Minor CourseNotes for: Specialization/Minor Course

Specialization/Minor Course

Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
3
3
Elective
2-7
Total credits 14-19

Additional Notes

For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required.  Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
 
Some modifications may be necessary for students who: require remedial courses in chemistry, mathematics, or English; or transfer into the major from another institution or major at Penn State.
 
Three credits of Social and Behavioral Science (GS) general education courses are fulfilled by the ECON 102/AG BM 101 selection required for the major.
 
Students must take one course with a US and one course with an IL designation. These requirements should be fulfilled by selecting GH and GA courses with the appropriate US/IL designation.

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

MATH 110
For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
MATH 140
For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
First-Year Seminar
For campuses that do not require a first-year seminar and offer an alternative first-year engagement plan, this first-year seminar requirement will be waived. A student must, however, still meet the minimum number of credits required for graduation (121.0) which may require the student to take an additional elective.
PHYS 211
For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
PHYS 250
For those students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required. Students with a non-engineering minor or specialization area (e.g. agronomy, wildlife, biology, ecology) may take MATH 110 and PHYS 250 (MATH 141 not required for the Soil Science option of the major).
SOILS 412W
Offered only in Fall semesters
E R M 411
Offered only in Fall semesters
A S M 327
Offered only in Fall semesters
E R M 151
Offered only in Fall semesters
SOILS 403
Offered only in Fall semesters
E R M 300
Offered only in Spring semesters
Specialization/Minor Course
Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
SOILS 416
Offered only in Fall semesters
SOILS 450
Offered only in Fall semesters
Specialization/Minor Course
Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
Specialization/Minor Course
Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
Specialization/Minor Course
Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
Specialization/Minor Course
Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list
Specialization/Minor Course
Students must consult with their E R M adviser when making these course selections from the approved list