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Our Master of Science and Master of Agriculture degrees in soil, water and environmental sciences are multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary programs offered through the AG*IDEA consortium. The institutions collaborating for these degree programs include Auburn University, the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University. Both degree programs require 36 graduate credit hours, including a thesis (for the Master of Science) or special project (for the Master of Agriculture). These degrees provide a unique opportunity for industry personnel, extension educators and other professionals to enhance their professional skills and expertise essential to protecting the quality of our natural resources. 

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MASTER OF SCIENCE

GRE Required


MASTER OF AGRICULTURE

GRE NOT Required


RESEARCH AND THESIS
(THESIS STUDENTS)
 4 credit hours None
ADVANCED SPECIAL PROBLEMS (NON-THESIS STUDENTS)
 None 1-3 credit hours 
DATA ANALYSIS
 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 
SEMINAR
2 credit hours  1 credit hour  
COURSES IN 4 of 5 CORE AREAS

Soil Biology, Soil Chemistry,
Soil Physics, Pedology, Hydrology

12-16 hours 12-16 hours
ELECTIVES
11-15 credit hours 13-19 credit hours
TOTAL 
 36 credit hours  36 credit hours

 

Undergraduate course prerequisites are listed below but are at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee.  Most missing undergraduate courses can be taken after being admitted into the program.  Master of Science students are expected to have completed all foundational courses by the third semester of enrollment.

  MASTER OF AGRICULTURE/MASTER OF SCIENCE

MINIMUM:

 
Chemistry – 2 semesters Hydrology courses for non-engineering majors: Physics and Calculus II
Biology – 2 semesters Hydrology courses involving modeling: Physics and Calculus III
Physics – 1 semester  
   
RECOMMENDED:
 
Organic Chemistry – 1 semester  

Course Prerequisite Quick Reference Guide

Courses

Course matrix thru 2018

Required Courses

CSES 6016 Analysis of Plant, Soil and Animal Data  CSES 6966 Special Problems (Non-thesis students)
CSES 7956 Seminar or
CSES 7996 Research and Thesis (Thesis Students) CSES 6936 Advanced Directed Studies (Non-thesis students)

Core Courses (12 – 16 Hours Required)

Select courses in four of five different core areas (soil biology, soil Chemistry, soil physics, pedology, hydrology)
CSES 6066 Soil Microbiology BSEN 7516 Intro to Land & Water Engineering
CSES 6306 Soil Chemistry or
CSES 7136 Soil Morph., Genesis, Classification BSEN 7526 Intro to Fluvial Geomorphology
CSES 7586 Soil Physics  

Elective Courses (11 – 19 Hours Required)

CSES 6026 Nutrient Management BSEN 7136 GIS Applications in Prec. Agriculture
CSES 6086 Soil Resources & Conservation BSEN 7216 Biomass to Renewable Energy Proc.
CSES 6406 Bioenergy & Environment BSEN 7366 Integrating AutoCAD Civil3D & GIS
CSES 7016 Environmental Soil Science BSEN 7376 Watershed Monitoring & Assessment
CSES 7076 Soil Erosion & Conservation BSEN 7616 Agricultural Waste Management
CSES 7086 Experimental Methods BSEN 7626 Stormwater BMP Design
CSES 7286 Applied Geostatistics BSEN 7636 Stream Restoration Structure Risk and Failure Assess.
CSES 7326 Wetland Soils BSEN 7646 Open Channel Hydraulics
BSEN 7016 Quantitative Agric. Remote Sensing BSEN 7656 Ecohydraulics & River Corridor Function
BSEN 7026 Site-Specific Tech. for Agriculture & Forestry Sys. BSEN 7666 Wetlands Design & Restoration
BSEN 7116 Fund. of Instrumentation for Biological Sys.  

CSES = Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

BSEN = Biosystems Engineering