Mary C. Savin
ESWS Coordinator
115 Plant Science Building
479-575-5740

Opportunities for employment and post-graduate study are numerous for graduates of the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. Environmental, Soil, and Water Science graduates find jobs with environmental consulting companies, environmental education organizations, state agencies (e.g., Extension Service, Department of Environmental Quality, Health Department), federal agencies (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service), municipalities and local environmental services (e.g., waste management and recycling, water and wastewater treatment facilities, parks and tourism departments), a wide variety of private businesses, and environmental research.

The Environmental, Soil, and Water Science major includes courses in areas such as environmental science, water quality, soil science, soil and water conservation, and the sustainable productivity of natural resources.

Requirements for a Major in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science (ESWS)

State minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements:

(Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

UNIV 1001University Perspectives (Sp, Su, Fa) (Counts as General Elective)1
Communication
Choose from English Core course (6 hours) If exempt, see adviser for communication courses.6
COMM 1313Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) (Sp, Su, Fa)3
CSES 3023Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium (Fa)3
or AGED 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public (Sp, Su, Fa)
U.S. History and Government
One U.S. History Core Courses3
Mathematics
MATH 1203College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)3
MATH 1213Plane Trigonometry (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1203) (Sp, Su, Fa) (Higher level MATH is encouraged for students with an ACT of 26 or higher and considering graduate school.)3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Experimentation (Fa)
Biostatistics (Sp)
Principles of Statistics (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Sciences
BIOL 1543
BIOL 1541L
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4
BIOL 2013
BIOL 2011L
General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4
BIOL 3863
BIOL 3861L
General Ecology (Sp, Fa)
and General Ecology Laboratory (Fa)
4
or ENSC 3223
ENSC 3221L
Ecosystems Assessment (Even years, Fa)
and Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory (Even years, Fa)
CSES 1203Introduction to Plant Sciences (Sp, Fa)3
CHEM 1103
CHEM 1101L
University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121L
University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4
CHEM 2613
CHEM 2611L
Organic Physiological Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lecture) (Sp, Su)
and Organic Physiological Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lab) (Sp, Su)
4
or CHEM 3603
CHEM 3601L
Organic Chemistry I (Su, Fa)
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Su, Fa)
GEOS 1113
GEOS 1111L
General Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
and General Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4
PHYS 2013
PHYS 2011L
College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
and College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab) (Su, Fa)
4
Fine Arts and Humanities6
Select one Fine Arts and one Humanities Core Course
Social Sciences9
Select three Social Sciences Core Courses
ESWS Requirements
Environmental Science Core 11
Soil Science (Sp, Fa)
Soil Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
Environmental Science (Sp, Fa)
Environmental Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
Introduction to Water Science (Sp)
Soil Science Core
Select one of the following:3-4
Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycles (Odd years, Sp) (with Lab Component)
Soil Fertility (Fa) (with Lab Component)
Soil Classification and Genesis (Odd years, Fa) (with Lab Component)
Environmental Soil Science (Even years, Sp) (with Lab Component)
Water Science Core
Select one of the following:3
Water Quality (Fa)
Oceanography (Even years, Sp)
Hydrogeology (Sp)
Natural Resources Core
Select 12 hours from the following two groups:12
Environmental Science
Surveying in Agriculture and Forestry (Fa)
Pest Management (Sp)
Soil Profile Description (Fa) (1 hour, may take twice)
Internship (Sp, Su, Fa) (1-6 credit hours)
Wetland Soils (Odd years, Sp)
Plants and Environmental Restoration (Fa)
Soil and Water Conservation (Fa)
GIS for Environmental Science (Odd Years, Sp)
Water Quality Laboratory (Fa)
Analysis of Environmental Contaminants (Even years, Sp)
Professional Certification Preparation (Sp)
Sustaining Earth (Sp, Su, Fa)
Geospatial Applications and Information Science (Sp, Fa)
Environmental Studies (maximum of 6 hours)
Principles of Environmental Economics (Sp)
Agricultural Law I (Fa)
Environmental and Natural Resources Law (Even years, Sp)
Environmental Ethics (Odd years, Sp)
Environmental Sociology (Sp)
General Electives16-17
Total Hours120

Environmental, Soil, and Water Science B.S.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
ENSC 1003 Environmental Science (Sp, Fa)
& ENSC 1001L Environmental Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
4  
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)3  
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives (Sp, Su, Fa)1  
Fine Arts/Humanities University Core Elective  3
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
CSES 1203 Introduction to Plant Sciences (Sp, Fa)  3
Social Sciences University Core Elective  3
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
General Elective as Broadening Elective (could apply toward a minor)3  
GEOS 1113 General Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& GEOS 1111L General Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
4  
History University Core Elective3  
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 1213 Plane Trigonometry (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1203) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
Fine Arts/Humanities University Core Elective  3
Social Sciences University Core Elective  3
ENSC 3003 Introduction to Water Science (Sp)  3
General Elective (Could apply elective toward a minor)  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
CSES 2203 Soil Science (Sp, Fa)
& CSES 2201L Soil Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
4  
PHYS 2013 College Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& PHYS 2011L College Physics I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2014 Lab) (Su, Fa)
4  
Water Science or Natural Resources Core3  
Select one of the following:3-4  
General Electives as AFLS Broadening Electives (Could apply toward a minor)
CHEM 3603 Organic Chemistry I (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 3601L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Su, Fa)
   
BIOL 2013 General Microbiology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& BIOL 2011L General Microbiology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2004 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
  4
CHEM 2613 Organic Physiological Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lecture) (Sp, Su)
& CHEM 2611L Organic Physiological Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1224 Lab) (Sp, Su)
  4
Social Sciences Core Elective  3
Water Science or Soil Science Core (For Water Science: Recommended: ENSC 3003; Soil Science: Pre-at least CSES 2203)  3-4
Year Total: 14 14
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Select one of the following:3  
CSES 3023 Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium (Fa)
AGED 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public (Sp, Su, Fa)
Select one of the following:4  
ENSC 3223 Ecosystems Assessment (Even years, Fa)
& ENSC 3221L Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory (Even years, Fa)
   
BIOL 3863 General Ecology (Sp, Fa)
& BIOL 3861L General Ecology Laboratory (Fa)
   
Statistics or Natural Resources Core3  
Soil Science or Natural Resources Core 3-4  
Natural Resources Core or General Elective (Could apply elective toward a minor)3  
Natural Resources Core or General Elective  3
Statistics or Natural Resources Core  3
General Elective or Natural Resources Core   3
General Elective as Broadening Elective (Could apply toward a minor)  2-3
General Elective (May wish to take another elective. Could apply toward a minor)  2-3
Year Total: 16 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Minor in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science (ESWS-M)

A student planning to minor in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science must notify the program adviser for consultation and more detailed information. The Environmental, Soil, and Water Science Minor consists of 18 hours to include the following:

Environmental Science
ENSC 1003Environmental Science (Sp, Fa)3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Environmental Economics (Sp)
Agricultural Law I (Fa)
Environmental and Natural Resources Law (Even years, Sp)
General Ecology (Sp, Fa)
and General Ecology Laboratory (Fa)
Plants and Environmental Restoration (Fa)
Ecosystems Assessment (Even years, Fa)
and Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory (Even years, Fa)
Soil and Water Conservation (Fa)
GIS for Environmental Science (Odd Years, Sp)
Environmental Ethics (Odd years, Sp)
Analysis of Environmental Contaminants (Even years, Sp)
Environmental Sociology (Sp)
Soil Science
CSES 2203Soil Science (Sp, Fa)3
Select one of the following:3
Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycles (Odd years, Sp)
Soil Profile Description (Fa)
Soil Fertility (Fa)
Soil Classification and Genesis (Odd years, Fa)
Environmental Soil Science (Even years, Sp)
Water Science
ENSC 3003Introduction to Water Science (Sp)3
Select one of the following:3
Water Quality (Fa)
Oceanography (Even years, Sp)
Hydrogeology (Sp)
Total Hours18

Minor in Wildlife Habitat (WLHA-M)

A student planning to minor in Wildlife Habitat must notify the program adviser for consultation and more detailed information. The Wildlife Habitat Minor consists of 20 hours of courses to include the following:

Group A 1
BIOL 4734Wildlife Management Techniques (Irregular)4
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Plant Sciences (Sp, Fa)
Crop Science (Sp)
Plant Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1034 Lecture) (Sp, Su)
and Plant Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1034 Lab) (Sp, Su)
CSES 2203Soil Science (Sp, Fa)3
ENSC 3103Plants and Environmental Restoration (Fa)3
Select one from each group:6-7
Group B 1
Environmental Science (Sp, Fa)
Introduction to Water Science (Sp)
Ecosystems Assessment (Even years, Fa)
and Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory (Even years, Fa)
GIS for Environmental Science (Odd Years, Sp)
General Ecology (Sp, Fa)
and General Ecology Laboratory (Fa)
Internship (Sp, Su, Fa)
Group C 1
Principles of Environmental Economics (Sp)
Ornithology (Even years, Sp)
Animal Behavior (Odd years, Fa)
Soil Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
Soil Profile Description (Fa)
Ecology and Morphology of Weedy and Invasive Plants (Fa)
Soil Classification and Genesis (Odd years, Fa)
Introduction to Entomology (Fa)
Sustaining Earth (Sp, Su, Fa)
Recreation and Natural Resources (Sp, Su, Fa)
Total Hours19-21
1

A maximum of 9 hours of CSES or ENSC coursework will be allowed to count toward the student’s major as well as the Wildlife Habitat minor.

Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Courses

CSES 1011. Introduction to Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science (Irregular). 1 Hour.

An introduction to the CSES department and majors in Environmental Soil and Water Sciences and Crop Management. Emphasis will be placed on issues and opportunities within these disciplines and orienting students to the department and University of Arkansas. Required of all department majors with less than 24 semester credit hours. Recitation 1 hour 20 minutes per week for the first eight weeks of the semester. Prerequisite: Freshman and sophomore standing only.

CSES 1203. Introduction to Plant Sciences (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

An introduction to basics of agricultural crop plant structure, growth, and production.

CSES 2003. Introduction to Weed Science (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Fundamental, practical concepts of weed control and weed biology; equipment and techniques used in modern weed control practices; and basic recommendations and systems for specific agronomic and horticultural crops. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or CSES 2103 or HORT 2003.

CSES 2012. Introduction to Organic Crop Production (Irregular). 2 Hours.

An introduction to the principles of organic agriculture and ecology and the regulations defining organic production and certification. Additional topics include crop rotations for pest management and for increasing soil organic matter, feeding the soil and plant nutrition, soil health, and green manuring, corporate agriculture and genetically modified organisms.

CSES 2013. Pest Management (Sp). 3 Hours.

Introduction to basic principles of pest management as they relate to vertebrate animals, insects, plant disease and weeds. Selected pests are studied with emphasis on current management approaches and alternative pest control.

CSES 2101L. Crop Science Laboratory (Sp). 1 Hour.

A series of laboratory experiments designed to reinforce principles of plant growth and development, reproduction, classification, and the utilization of plant products. Emphasis is placed on major crop plant species. Experiments are conducted by individuals or by teams. Laboratory consists of a single, 2-hour period each week. Required for Crop Management majors. Corequisite: CSES 2103.

CSES 2103. Crop Science (Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles of crop growth, development, and utilization and how these principles relate to production. Emphasis on major agronomic crop species. Lecture 3 hours per week.

CSES 2201L. Soil Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

Field and laboratory exercises related to the study of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Laboratory mandatory for all crop management and environmental, soil, and water science majors and optional for others. Laboratory 2 hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: CSES 2203.

CSES 2203. Soil Science (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Origin, classification, and physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Lecture 3 hours, discussion 1 hour per week. Corequisite: Drill component. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 and CHEM 1103 or CHEM 1073.

CSES 3023. Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium (Fa). 3 Hours.

A communication-intensive course covering topics in agronomy and environmental, soil, and water science with particular emphasis on spoken communication but also including written communication, group activities, professionalism, ethics, problem solving, and information retrieval. A student-oriented class with collaborative participation. Colloquium workshop: 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: COMM 1313 and Junior or Senior standing only.

CSES 3112. Forage Management (Irregular). 2 Hours.

Forage crops for pasture, hay, and silage with reference to growth and development, production, nutritional quality, and grazing systems. Lecture 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or CSES 2103.

CSES 3214. Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycles (Odd years, Sp). 4 Hours.

Integration of the fundamental concepts of the biological, chemical, and physical properties of soil systems and their roles in managing soil resources. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: BIOL 2013 and BIOL 2011L. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 2203.

CSES 3312. Cotton Production (Even years, Fa). 2 Hours.

Principles and techniques associated with production of cotton. Recitation 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or CSES 2103.

CSES 3322. Soybean Production (Odd years, Sp). 2 Hours.

An overview of the history and utilization of soybean as well as the physiological and environmental basis for the development of economical soybean production practices. Recitation 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or CSES 2103.

CSES 3332. Rice Production (Odd years, Fa). 2 Hours.

A study of the principles and practices involved in rice culture worldwide with major emphasis on the United States. Recitation 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or CSES 2103.

CSES 3342. Cereal Grain Production (Even years, Sp). 2 Hours.

An overview of the botany, production, cultural practices, soil & climatic adaptation and utilization of the major cereal grain crops. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or CSES 2103.

CSES 355V. Soil Profile Description (Fa). 1-2 Hour.

Training for soil profile description writing and membership of judging teams. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of degree credit.

CSES 3603. Metrics for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Fa). 3 Hours.

Analysis of productive agricultural systems necessary to meet expanding demand worldwide for food, feed, fiber and fuel while preserving critical ecosystem services to avoid future catastrophic failures of the biosphere. Characterization of sustainable systems using well-defined metrics, indicators and indices, including reference to sustainability certifications. Metrics for soil, water, atmosphere and biodiversity. Applications in crop and animal production with scales from field to watershed to eco-region. Examining the process and methodologies of integrating metrics into indices to support sustainable supply chain decisions. Discussion of life cycle analyses and current initiatives toward approaching agricultural systems sustainability. Technical course intended for students in agriculture, biology, business, engineering, and environmental sciences.

This course is cross-listed with BENG 3603.

CSES 400V. Special Problems (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Work on special problems in crop, soil and environmental sciences or related field. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of degree credit.

CSES 4013. Advanced Crop Science (Fa). 3 Hours.

Fundamental concepts of crop physiology, crop improvement, seed science, and crop production systems. Recitation 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: CSES 2103.

CSES 402V. Special Topics (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Studies of selected topics in crop, soil and environmental sciences not available in other courses. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

CSES 4103. Plant Breeding (Even years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Basic principles involved in plant breeding programs to improve crop plants and seed programs. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: ANSC 3123 or BIOL 2323.

CSES 4133. Ecology and Morphology of Weedy and Invasive Plants (Fa). 3 Hours.

Study of weeds as economic pests occurring in both agricultural and nonagricultural situations and including poisonous plants and other specific weed problems. Gross morphological plant family characteristics which aid identification, habitat of growth and distribution, ecology, competition, and allelopathy are discussed. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours a week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 2103 or HORT 2003.

CSES 4143. Principles of Weed Control (Sp). 3 Hours.

Advanced concepts and technology used in modern weed control practices and study of the chemistry and specific activity of herbicides in current usage. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CHEM 1073 and CHEM 1071L.

CSES 4224. Soil Fertility (Fa). 4 Hours.

Study of the soil's chemical, biological and physical properties, and human modification of these properties, as they influence the uptake and utilization of the essential nutrients by plants. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEM 1123 and CHEM 1121L or (CHEM 1073 and CHEM 1071L and CHEM 2613 and CHEM 2611L). Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 2201L and CSES 2203.

CSES 4253. Soil Classification and Genesis (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Lecture and field evaluation of soil properties and their relation to soil genesis and soil classification with emphasis on soils of Arkansas. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 2203 and CSES 2201L.

CSES 4303. Bioenergy Feedstock Production (Sp). 3 Hours.

Overview of production and characteristics of cultivated crops, perennial grasses, and woody species as feedstocks for bioenergy. Fundamentals of plant growth factors, culture, harvest and storage, quality and improvement, and introduction to environmental impact, modeling, and resource utilization. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 and BIOL 1543 or CSES 1203. Courses in introductory chemistry or soil science are preferred.

CSES 4553. Wetland Soils (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

This course explains the chemical, physical, and morphological characteristics of wetland soils and describes the techniques for identifying wetland soils using field indicatiors and monitoring equipment. This course also explains principles of wetland creation, restoration, and mitigation - all key components in assuring the sustainability of valuable wetland resources. Prerequisite: CSES 2203 and CSES 2201L or CSES 355V.

CSES 462V. Internship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Supervised practical work experience in agronomy and environmental science to develop and demonstrate professional competence. Faculty approval of project proposal prior to enrollment and written and oral reports after the project is complete are required. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

Environmental Science Courses

ENSC 1001L. Environmental Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

Laboratory, field trip, and discussion sessions covering the concepts and information allowing students to critically evaluate environmental issues. Topics will include: laboratory safety, recycling, composting, geographic information systems, soil testing, water quality, hazardous wastes, waste disposal, wetlands, wastewater treatment, and sustainable food systems. Laboratory 2 hours/week. Corequisite: ENSC 1003.

This course is cross-listed with BIOL 1001L.

ENSC 1001M. Honors Environmental Science Laboratory (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

Laboratory, field trip, and discussion sessions covering the concepts and information allowing students to critically evaluate environmental issues. Topics will include: laboratory safety, recycling, composting, geographic information systems, soil testing, water quality, hazardous wastes, waste disposal, wetlands, wastewater treatment, and sustainable food systems. Laboratory 2 hours/week. Corequisite: ENSC 1003.

This course is cross-listed with ENSC 1001L, BIOL 1001L.

ENSC 1003. Environmental Science (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Series of lectures and discussions introducing the topic of environmental science including factors related to water, soil, and air quality. If taking course for University core Natural Science credit, ENSC 1001L is a co-requisite. Corequisite: ENSC 1001L.

This course is cross-listed with BIOL 1003.

ENSC 1003H. Honors Environmental Science (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Series of lectures and discussions introducing the topic of environmental science including factors related to water, soil, and air quality. If taking course for University core Natural Science credit, ENSC 1001L is a co-requisite. Corequisite: ENSC 1001L.

This course is cross-listed with ENSC 1003, BIOL 1003.

ENSC 1833. Soils and Civilization (Sp). 3 Hours.

Humankind's use of and dependence on soil from the Neolithic Revolution to the present day. The composition and basic properties of soils. The importance of soils as components of ecosystems, and ecosystem services provided by soils. The nature and causes of soil degradation. The need for conservation of soils. Soil as a key factor in sustaining life on Earth.

ENSC 3003. Introduction to Water Science (Sp). 3 Hours.

Properties, occurrence, and description of the types, functions, quality and quantity, potential contaminants, uses, and guiding policies and regulations of the various water resources in the environment. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 AND (ENSC 1003 OR CHEM 1053 (or higher) OR GEOS 1113 (or higher) OR BIOL 1543).

ENSC 3103. Plants and Environmental Restoration (Fa). 3 Hours.

Selection, establishment, and use of plants to promote soil stabilization, water quality, and wildlife habitat. Principles and practices of managing plants for soil remediation, nutrient and sediment trapping, and restoration of plant communities. Prerequisite: CSES 1203 or HORT 2003 or BIOL 1613.

ENSC 3221L. Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory (Even years, Fa). 1 Hour.

The purpose of this laboratory is to complement concepts learned in lecture by carrying out experiments that familiarize students with methods used in soil and aquatic ecology. Students will collect samples, analyze and interpret data obtained from soil and water samples. Lab will meet once per week for 3 hours. Corequisite: ENSC 3223.

ENSC 3223. Ecosystems Assessment (Even years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Application of basic ecological principles to gain an appreciation for ecosystem assessment and management. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1543.

ENSC 3263. Soil and Water Conservation (Fa). 3 Hours.

Effect of land use on water quality. Major sources of agricultural nonpoint pollutants. Best management practices used to minimize water quality impacts. Prerequisite: CSES 2203.

ENSC 3413. Principles of Environmental Economics (Sp). 3 Hours.

An introductory, issues-oriented course in the economics of the environment. What is involved in society making decisions about environmental quality will be studied. Environmental issues important to the State of Arkansas and the United States will be emphasized. Prerequisite: AGEC 1103 or ECON 2023.

This course is cross-listed with AGEC 3413.

ENSC 3603. GIS for Environmental Science (Odd Years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Provide instruction on the uses of GIS techniques in solving practical environmental and agricultural land use problems. Areas include: 1) an introduction to spatial variability in soils with an emphasis on the application of GIS techniques to map and understand spatial parameters important to different land uses, and 2) development of individual experience in the use of GIS in solving environmental and agricultural problems using an oral and written term project. Prerequisite: CSES 2203.

ENSC 3933. Environmental Ethics (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

The course addresses ethical questions about nature and the natural environment. Topics of discussion include anthropocentric and biocentric ethics, population control, obligations to future generations, animal rights, moral considerability, Leopold's land ethic, deep ecology, and ecofeminism. Lecture/discussions 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: ENSC 1003 or PHIL 2003 or PHIL 2103.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 3113.

ENSC 400V. Special Problems (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Work on special problems in environmental science or related fields. May be repeated for up to 8 hours of degree credit.

ENSC 4021L. Water Quality Laboratory (Fa). 1 Hour.

Field and laboratory experience in physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of natural waters (rain, river, lake, soil, ground, etc.). Laboratory experiments in water sampling, measurement of water quality parameters such as pH, alkalinity and acidity, redox, hardness, BOD, TSS, etc., and instrumentation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENSC 4023.

ENSC 4023. Water Quality (Fa). 3 Hours.

Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of natural waters (rain, river, lake, soil, ground, etc.). Discussion of water quality parameters such as pH, alkalinity and acidity, redox, hardness, BOD, TSS, etc. Aquatic processes of pollutants and principles of modeling. Prerequisite: CHEM 1123 and CHEM 1121L and BIOL 1543 and BIOL1541L.

ENSC 4034. Analysis of Environmental Contaminants (Even years, Sp). 4 Hours.

Methods of analysis for inorganic and organic contaminants, radionuclides and microorganisms in soil and water. Quality assurance and quality control, sampling protocols, sample handling, instrumentation and data analysis. Lecture 2 hours and laboratory 4 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Pre- or Corequisite: CHEM 2613 and CHEM 2611L or CHEM 3603 and 3601L.

ENSC 404V. Special Topics (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Studies of selected topics in environmental sciences not available in other courses. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

ENSC 4263. Environmental Soil Science (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Study of the behavior of pesticides, toxic organic compounds, metals, nutrients, and pathogenic microorganisms in the soil/plant/water continuum. Lecture 3 hours per week. Pre- or Corequisite: PHYS 2013 and PHYS 2011L. Prerequisite: CSES 3214.

ENSC 4401. Professional Certification Preparation (Sp). 1 Hour.

This class is meant to reinforce concepts and skills already learned in other soil and environmental science and related courses and to provide the opportunity to prepare to take a national certification examination. If so chosen, students may pursue certification as soil or environmental science professionals. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Robert Keith Bacon, Professor
Thomas Barber, Associate Professor
Fred Bourland, Professor
Kristofor R. Brye, Professor
Nilda Roma Burgos, Professor
Pengyin Chen, Professor
Paul Allen Counce, Professor
Michael B. Daniels, Assistant Professor
Leonel A. Espinoza, Extension Associate Professor
Edward E. Gbur Jr., Professor
Jarrod T. Hardke, Associate Professor
Jason Kelley, Extension Associate Professor
David Eric Longer, Professor
Andy Mauromoustakos, Professor
David M. Miller, Professor
Karen Ann-Kuenzel Moldenhauer, Professor, Rice Industry Chair in Variety Development
Philip A. Moore Jr., Visiting Associate Professor
Morteza Mozaffari, Assistant Professor
Richard J. Norman, Professor
Jason Keith Norsworthy, Professor
Andy Pereira, Professor
Larry C. Purcell, Professor, Ben J. Altheimer Chair for Soybean Research
Michele L. Reba, Research Associate Professor
Trenton L. Roberts, Assistant Professor
Bill Robertson, Professor
Jeremy Ross, Associate Professor
Thomas J. Sauer, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mary Cathleen Savin, Professor
Robert C. Scott, Extension Professor
Thad Scott, Associate Professor
Xueyan Sha, Associate Professor
Ehsan Shakiba, Assistant Professor
Andrew N. Sharpley, Distinguished Professor
Jerral V. Skinner, Lecturer
Nathan A. Slaton, Professor
Vibha Srivastava, Professor
Cammy Willett, Assistant Professor
Charles E. Wilson Jr., Professor
Lisa S. Wood, Clinical Assistant Professor