Water and Soil Resources - B.S.E.S.

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Degree & Major: Water and Soil Resources - B.S.E.S.
College Name: College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Department Name: Crop and Soil Sciences
Gerald Henry
Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
(706) 542-0898
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: Environmental soil scientists are in demand by governmental agencies, private industry, consulting firms and institutions. Opportunities for employment exist in various specialized programs within public agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, in such areas as land disposal of hazardous and other industrial and agricultural wastes, water pollution control, and soil conservation. The need for environmental scientists in Georgia and the nation is increasing rapidly with a proportional increase in employment, promotional, and professional opportunities for academically qualified personnel.

Career Opportunities: Business and industry: International seed and agricultural chemical companies employ environmental soil scientists as technical, research, and information specialists. Regional and local agricultural firms also employ many environmental soil scientists as land use experts, quality control specialists, and information and computer analysts. Environmental consulting firms employ environmental soil scientists to assess environmental conditions, monitor soil and water pollutants, reclaim disturbed lands, and prepare environmental policy.

Public service: Federal, state, and local agencies employ environmental soil scientists in numerous technical, information, and regulatory agencies such as the Agricultural Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, State Environmental Agencies, Public Health Service, Forest Service, Agricultural Statistics Service, Peace Corps and the Foreign Agriculture Service. Environmental soil scientists also are employed as teachers and researchers in community colleges and universities.

Self-employment: Many environmental soil scientists are self-employed as consultants for soil and plant uses, and to assess environmental conditions, monitor soil and water pollutants, reclaim disturbed lands, and prepare environmental policy.

Job Placement Service:
Job placement is also available through the Career Center.


Explore these career sources:
A. American Water Resources Job Board:

B· Natural Resources Conservation Service

C· Soil & Water Conservation Society
of Transfer Students:
It is advisable that students take CHEM 1211-1211D, 1211L before transferring to UGA for this major.
Scholarships: Numerous opportunities for financial assistance are available. These include the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society J. Fielding Reed Scholarship; Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors Ladies Auxiliary; Agronomy Club Scholarship; Georgia Chapter American Society of Agronomy; Frederick B. Smith Soil Science Scholarship; and Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisor's Scholarship. Also, college-wide scholarships are available. For more information contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the College.
Study Abroad: Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America - Guatemala (odd-numbered years) Costa Rica (even-numbered years), Agriculture and Ecology of Tropical America - Pernambuco Brazil, Costa Rica Ecology Program, Sustainable Agriculture in Mediterranean Regions
Internships: Environmental Soil Science students are required to complete an internship as a degree requirement. Internships provide environmental soil science students with valuable training and experience through industry and the public sector.
Available Graduate Programs: M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Crop and Soil Sciences, M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Natural Resources