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  Feb 23, 2018
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Soil Science Certification


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Program Coordinator/Contact

David Wright, Department Head
Brent Turnipseed, Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science
Berg Agricultural Hall 244
605-688-5123
E-mail: david.wright@sdstate.edu
E-mail: brent.turnipseed@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/plant-science
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Program Information

The soil science certification curriculum is open to students of all majors and focuses on basic soil sciences, covering such topics as soil biology, soil chemistry, conservation, contaminants, and land management. Students completing the recommended coursework may seek employment in areas of agricultural production, marketing, management, and conservation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Soil Science Certification, students will:

  • achieve a fundamental understanding of basic Soil Science principles and practices; and
  • gain an understanding of soil biology, soil chemistry, conservation, contaminants, and land management in preparation for certification or licensure in the field.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

Students seeking certification or licensure as a professional soil scientist should contact their advisor and refer to https://www.soils.org/certifications.

Course Delivery Format

The program coursework is available on campus, in classrooms and laboratories, as well as field-based settings.

Requirements for Soil Science Certification: 21 Credits


The following courses are strongly recommended for students seeking certification or licensure as a professional soil scientist.

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