University Catalog 2023-2024

Soil Science (Minor)

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The minor in Soil Science is offered to all undergraduate students at NC State University, with the exception of those enrolled in a major within the Department of Crop & Soil Science. The minor strengthens the understanding of basic physical, chemical, and microbiological soil properties that would be relevant to a student’s particular land management interest. The Soil Science minor is a perfect complement for students majoring in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Horticulture, or Landscape Architecture.  


Admission to the minor requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Students should contact the Crop and Soil Sciences Undergraduate Programs Office to inquire about adding the minor no later than the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.


The minor should be declared as soon as the student makes the decision to pursue a minor. Minor coursework must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program.

Contact Person

Undergraduate Programs Office
Crop & Soil Sciences Department
2234 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620

SIS Code:  11SSM

Effective Date: 8.2016

Plan Requirements

  • A minimum of 17 hours is required for the minor in Soil Science. Students are required to complete 4 credits of required courses and a minimum of 13 credits of restricted elective courses.
  • A minimum grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required in each course selected. No courses for the minor may be taken using the S/U option.
Required Courses4
Soil Science
Soil Science Laboratory
Restricted Elective Courses13
Water Management
Environmental Soil Microbiology
Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
Soil and Plant Nutrient Analysis
Role of Soils in Environmental Management
Biological Approaches to Sustainable Soil Systems
Service-Learning in Urban Agriculture Systems
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Soil Science and Agriculture
Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry
Soil Classification
Soils, Environmental Quality and Global Challenges
Soil Physical Properties and Plant Growth
Soil-Crop Management Systems
Wetland Soils
Special Topics in Crop and Soil Sciences
Total Hours17