Soil Science (Certificate)
To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!
The Undergraduate Certificate in Soil Science enables students to obtain the course credit hours in soil science necessary for advancement in soil related careers. To become a Soil Scientist in the U.S. Federal Government, the Office of Personnel Management requires 15 credit hours in subjects such as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility. In states like North Carolina and others with a soil scientist licensing program, 15 credit hours of soil science related coursework is required to qualify for the licensing exam. Nationally, to become a Professional Soil Scientist certified by the Soil Science Society of America, individuals must have completed 15 course credit hours in soil science or a related area. Those who complete this program will meet the coursework requirements for all three career advancement opportunities.
You can learn more about North Carolina’s licensed soil scientist program at https://ncblss.wordpress.ncsu.edu/. To learn about the national certification program, visit http://soils.org/certifications/become-certified
This program may be completed totally online. For more information about Distance Education [Click here]
Dr. David Crouse
Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator and Director of Distance Education Programs
This program will be open to undergraduate students and those pursuing continuing education credits. It will also be open to students outside of North Carolina State University. A Bachelor of Science is required for admission into this program.
Undergraduate Programs Office
Crop & Soil Sciences Department
2234 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Term Effective: 1/2017
Plan Code: 11SSCTU, 32SSCTU
CIP Code: 01.1201
Description: Undergraduate Certificate in Soil Science
Offered via on-campus and Distance Education format
To pursue the certificate, students must have the following training in basic sciences:
- 2 semesters of chemistry
- 1 semester of physics
- 1 semester of biology
- mathematics through algebra and trionometry
|Required Courses 1|
|SSC 200||Soil Science 2||3|
|Elective Courses 2|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management 2|
or SSC 541
|Wetland Soils 2|
|Soil Microbiology 2|
or SSC 332
|Environmental Soil Microbiology|
|Role of Soils in Environmental Management|
|Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Soil Science and Agriculture 2|
|Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry|
|Soil Morphology, Genesis and Classification 2|
or SSC 452
|Soils, Environmental Quality and Global Challenges|
|Soil Physics 2|
or SSC 461
|Soil Physical Properties and Plant Growth|
|Special Topics in Crop and Soil Sciences|
|Environmental Applications Of Soil Science 2|
The required courses are available on-campus and via distance education. Prerequisites may be required in some courses. Students should contact instructors before enrolling to discuss eligibility as needed.
Available through Distance Education and on-campus. The 500-level courses are graduate level courses.
A grade of C (2.0) or higher in each course is required.