Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Environmental Restoration Science

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Restoration Science
Hours Required: 125
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Steve Comfort
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Environmental Restoration Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Environmental Restoration Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Restoration Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 125

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Steve Comfort

DESCRIPTION

Coordinator: Steve Comfort, 205 Kiesselbach

Coordinating Committee: Mark Kuzila, Paul Hanson and Dennis McCallister

Environmental restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or contaminated from human activity or natural agents. Environmental restoration begins with a thorough understanding of the soil-water environment. Students interested in Environmental Restoration Science must declare an option and can choose between either the Soil Science or Lake and Stream Restoration.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

College Core Requirements

Hours

Natural Resources Core22

NRES/AGRI 103 Intro to Agricultural & Natural Resource Systems3

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology3

NRES 312 Intro to Geospatial information Sciences3

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy3

NREE 265 Resource & Environmental Economics3

SOIL 153 Soil Resources4

Capstone course3

Select one from:

ENVR 499A Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I (1 cr) & ENVR 499B Environmental Studies Senior Thesis II (2 cr)

WATS 475 Water Quality Strategy (3 cr)

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)20-21

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (select one from):4

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab (4 cr)

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Lab (4 cr)

BIOS 102 Cell Structure & Function (4 cr)

CASNR approved life sciences (other than BIOS 220)4

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

Select one from:4-5

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

PHYS 211 General Physics (4 cr)

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture (ACE 4) (4 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics5

MATH 102 or MATH 103 (Only 2 credit hours apply to requirement) MATH 104, MATH 1062-5

STAT 218 Intro to Statistics (ACE 3)3

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286

Communications and Interpersonal Skills Electives3

Select from: ALEC 102; COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 212, COMM 286; ENGL 101, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 252, ENGL 253, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences18

ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Select one elective in this area3

Specific Major Requirements

Requirements29-30

NREE 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law3

WATS 281 Intro to Water Science3

WATS 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management3

WATS 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality3

NRES 300 Toxins in the Environment2

CIVE 353 Hydrology3

NRES 459 Limnology4

NRES 279 Soil Evaluation1

METR 200 Weather & Climate4

Select one from:3-4

NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Lab (3 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

Subtotal 103-108

Option Electives and Requirements17-22

Free Electives0

Requirements for Graduation125

Emphasis Area Requirements

Soil Science Option

This option provides students an understanding of soil as a natural resource and as a component of all terrestrial ecosystems. The student will learn how soils influence ecological processes which take place above and below ground. An understanding of these processes will enable the student to deal with environmental management problems such as groundwater protection, natural resource management, urban and rural development issues, waste management, and pollution abatement. Careers focus on environmental assessment, soil conservation, and remediation of soil contamination. Students interested in preparing for graduate work in soils can aim toward a variety of special areas including soil microbiology, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, and morphology.

Hours

Soil Science Option Requirements13

Select one from:3

SOIL 460 Soil Microbiology (3 cr)

SOIL 461 Soil Physics (3 cr)

CIVE 326/BSEN 326 Intro to Environmental Engineering (3 cr)

Select two from:6

NRES 451 Soil Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)

NRES 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (3 cr)

SOIL 269 Principles of Soil Management (3 cr)

SOIL 453 Urban Soil Properties & Management (3 cr)

NRES 477/SOIL 477 Great Plains Field Pedology4

Other Soil Science Option Electives (4-9 cr)

Biological Systems Engineering Courses

BSEN 455/CIVE 455 Non-Point Source Pollution Control Engineering (3 cr)*

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (4 cr)

Civil Engineering Courses

CIVE 327/BSEN 327 Environmental Engineering Lab (1 cr)*

CIVE 421 Hazardous Waste Management & Treatment (3 cr)*

CIVE 422/BSEN 422 Pollution Prevention: Principles & Practices (3 cr)*

CIVE 424 Solid Waste Management Engineering (3 cr)*

CIVE 432 Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes (3 cr)*

Geology Courses

GEOL 488 Groundwater Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 470 Field Techniques in Hydrogeology (3 cr)

Natural Resource Courses

NRES 279 Soil Evaluation (1 cr) This course can be taken more than once.

NRES 412 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (4 cr)

NRES 418 Intro to Remote Sensing (4 cr)

NRES 451 Soil Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)

NRES 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (3 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1 cr)

Plant Pathology Courses

PLPT 270 Biological Invaders (3 cr)

PLPT 370 Biology of Fungi (3 cr)

Soil Courses

SOIL 269 Principles of Soil Management (3 cr)

SOIL 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (4 cr)

SOIL 453 Urban Soil Properties and Management (3 cr)

* Engineering courses are recommended, however, because of prerequisites. Students wishing to enroll in these courses should first seek counsel from their adviser and then request permission from instructor.

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Natural Resources Core Courses, Environmental Restoration Science Courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Lake and Stream Restoration Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in water quality, aquatic ecology, or limnology. The student will learn the important biotic, physical and chemical processes that occur within lakes and streams and be prepared to environmentally manage problems related to water quality. Students will also be prepared to implement pollution abatement procedures or management practices associated with lake and stream restoration. Careers focus on environmental assessment, water conservation, remediation of lakes and streams. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Hours

Lake & Stream Restoration Option Requirements14

BIOS 109 General Botany4

BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Intro to Zoology & Lab4

NRES 470 Lake & Reservoir Restoration3

NRES 496 Stream & River Ecology3

Other Lake and Stream Restoration Option Electives (3-8 cr)

Biological Sciences Courses

BIOS 381 Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr)

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (4 cr)

BIOS 457 Ecosystem Ecology (4 cr)

BIOS 473 Freshwater Algae (4 cr)

BIOS 488 Natural History of the Invertebrates (4 cr)

Biological Systems Engineering Courses

BSEN/CIVE 422 Pollution Prevention: Principles & Practices (3 cr)*

BSEN/CIVE 455 Non-Point Source Pollution Control Engineering (3 cr)*

Entomology Courses

ENTO 402 & ENTO 402L Aquatic Insects & Lab (3 cr)

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (4 cr)

Natural Resources Courses

NRES 211 Intro to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 312 Intro to Geospatial Information Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (1 cr)

NRES 412 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (4 cr)

NRES 415 Water Resources Seminar (1 cr)

NRES 418 Intro to Remote Sensing (4 cr)

NRES 419 & NRES 419L Chemistry of Natural Waters & Lab (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (4 cr)

NRES 421 Field Techniques in Remote Sensing (3 cr)

NRES 463 Fisheries Science (4 cr)

NRES 464 Fisheries Biology (3 cr)

NRES 468 Wetlands (4 cr)

NRES 475 Water Quality Strategy (3 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (4 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1 cr)

Plant Pathology Courses

PLPT 270 Biological Invaders (3cr)

PLPT 370 Biology of Fungi (3 cr)

* Because of prerequisites, students wishing to enroll in these courses should first seek counsel from their adviser and then request permission from instructor.

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Natural Resource Core Courses, Environmental Restoration Science Courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program curriculum

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Environmental Restoration Science Minor

Category 1 - Required Courses

Complete these four requirements:14

SOIL 153 Soil Resources4

SOIL 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality3

SOIL 477 Great Plains Field Pedology4

NRES 281 Intro to Water Science3

Category 2 - Advanced Courses

Select two courses:6-8

SOIL 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management (3 cr)

SOIL 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (3 cr)

SOIL 460 Soil Microbiology (3 cr)

SOIL 461 Soil Physics (3 cr)

SOIL 453 Urban Soil Properties & Management (3 cr)

NRES 451 Soil Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)

WATS 475 Water Quality Strategy (3 cr)

Category 3 - Related Courses

Select one course:3-4

CIVE 326 Intro to Environmental Engineering (3 cr)

CIVE 353 Hydrology (3 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (4 cr)

NRES 412 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (4 cr)