Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Contact Information

Foy D. Mills Jr., Chair

ACU Box 27986, Abilene

Texas 79699-7986

Zona Luce Building, Room 208

 

Phone: 325-674-2401

Fax: 325-674-6936

Email: millsf@acu.edu

Web: www.acu.edu/agenv

 

Page Links:

Agribusiness Degree Plan (BS)

Animal Science Degree Plan (BS)

Environmental Science Degree Plan (BS)

Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Cooperative 
   Bachelor of Science Degree Plan (BS)

Minor in Agricultural Sciences

Minor in Environmental Sciences 

Faculty

Bryan E. Brokaw, Professor

James C. Cooke, Professor

Kent Gallaher, Associate Professor

Florah Mhlanga, Professor

Emmett Miller, Assistant Professor

Foy D. Mills Jr., Professor

 

Majors: Agribusiness, Animal Science,
             Environmental Science

Minors: Agricultural Sciences,
             Environmental Sciences

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences include those with the following designations: AENV, AGRB, ANSC, ENVR.



The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness, animal science and environmental science. It offers a cooperative Bachelor of Science degree in pre-veterinary medicine. Students considering graduate work or governmental employment should consult their advisor during the sophomore year. For information on scholarships available in agricultural and environmental sciences, see the department chair.

 

Introduction

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). Thus began God’s initial ministry for humankind. Though man would choose to disregard God’s command, God’s desire is for reconciliation and relationship with His creation.

The faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (A&E) at Abilene Christian University believes in this ministry of reconciliation. We challenge students to think about their relationship with God and caring for His creation in a world that is often hostile to the Creator. Consequently, the mission of A&E is to educate students for Christian stewardship of sustainable agricultural and environmental systems throughout the world.

We take this responsibility very seriously, because it is Kingdom business. Whether it takes the form of a former student making decisions in the boardroom of corporate agribusiness, serving the poor in developing countries by teaching them to feed themselves or remediating an abused land site, our desire is that, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 23:24).

If you are interested in a place where career aspirations are not disconnected from family, church and community, where learning is informed by faith and where servant leadership is expected and modeled, we encourage you to consider A&E.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

AGRIBUSINESS (BS)

The BS in agribusiness combines training in agricultural economics, business and technical agriculture. Majors in this area are prepared for business allied with agriculture, including banks and other lending agencies, real estate, insurance companies, farm supply and equipment companies, firms processing and marketing agricultural products, and public agencies associated with agriculture. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate education.

BS: AGRIBUSINESS DEGREE PLAN (AGRB)
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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible
     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................
     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................
     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................
     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................
     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................
3
3
3
3
3
English
     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................
     Literature ...........................................................................................................
3
3
Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     BIOL 112 General Biology I or
            BIOL 113 General Biology II .........................................................................
     CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry ........................................................................

3
3
Mathematics
     MATH 130 ...........................................................................................................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing ..........................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities
     AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics .....................................
     ECON 260 Principles of Macroeconomics ................................................................
     Choose one: POLS 221, 225, 226 .........................................................................

3

3

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Agricultural and Environmental Science Core
     AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech. ..................................................
     AGRB 382 Agribusiness Management ....................................................................
     ANSC 111 General Animal Science .......................................................................
     ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition ...................................................................................
     ENVR 112 Plant Science .......................................................................................
     ENVR 233 Soil Science .........................................................................................
     ENVR 350 Rangeland Ecology ...............................................................................
     ENVR 420 Environmental Thought .........................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Agribusiness
     AGRB 385 Food and Fiber Marketing .....................................................................
     AGRB 430 Commodity Markets .............................................................................
     AGRB 442 Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy ................................................
     ACCT 210 Financial Accounting .............................................................................
     ACCT 211 Managerial Accounting .........................................................................
     BLAW 363 Legal Environment of Business ..............................................................
     Advanced selections from: AENV, AGRB, ANSC, ENVRorMGMT ..............................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................45
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
Science Core
     CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Lab ..................................................................
     BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab or

             BIOL 115 General Biology II Lab ..................................................................

1

1

Business
     FIN 310 Financial Management .............................................................................
     IS 322 Business Statistics ................................................................................
     MGMT 330 Management and Organizational Behavior .............................................
     MGMT 331 Production and Process Management .....................................................
     MGMT 439 Strategic Management .........................................................................
     MKTG 340 Principles of Marketing .........................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................20
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................7
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................
     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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ANIMAL SCIENCE (BS)

Majors in animal science have a choice of two degree options. One is pre-vet/science, and the other option is production/management. The first option is designed for students interested in graduate education. The second option is designed primarily for students interested in entering career fields after completing the undergraduate degree. The university provides quality livestock for student use in all phases of instruction of animal science.

BS: ANIMAL SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (ANSC)
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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................
     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation......................................................................................
     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament.................................................................
     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture.............................................................................

     Advanced Bible....................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English
     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric......................................................................
     Literature............................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication...........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299......................................................................................................3
Science
     BIOL 112 General Biology I ..................................................................................
     CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry (PMGT) or

          CHEM 133 General Chemistry I (PVS) ..............................................................

3

 

3

Mathematics
     MATH 123 (PMGT) orMATH 185 (PVS) ...................................................................

3

Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities (PVS use ANSC 360 for 1 activity) .....................................

4

University Seminar
     UNIV 100............................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing...........................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics......................................
     Choose two: anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, political science,
                        psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology

                        (maximum one course per area)........................................................

3

 

6

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250.......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Agricultural and Environmental Science Core
     AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech....................................................
     AGRB 382 Agribusiness Management ....................................................................
     ANSC 111 General Animal Science .......................................................................
     ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition....................................................................................
     ENVR 112 Plant Science........................................................................................
     ENVR 233 Soil Science..........................................................................................
     ENVR 350 Rangeland Ecology................................................................................
     ENVR 420 Environmental Thought..........................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................24
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT TRACK (PMGT)

     ANSC 232 Meats..................................................................................................
     ANSC 343 Animal Reproduction.............................................................................

     ANSC 351 Livestock Judging.................................................................................

     ANSC 352 Feeds and Feeding................................................................................

     ANSC 363 Swine Production..................................................................................

     ANSC 483 Beef Cattle Production..........................................................................

     ANSC 496 Plant and Animal Breeding.....................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................21
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (PMGT)

     CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry Lab...................................................................

     CHEM 112/114 Introductory Organic and Biological Chemistry Lecture/Lab................

     CHEM 243 Elementary Biochemistry and Nutrition...................................................

     BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab.............................................................................

     BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab.........................................................

     BIOL 351 Genetics...............................................................................................

1

4

3

1

4

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................16
PRE-VET/SCIENCE TRACK (PVS)

     ANSC 232 Meats..................................................................................................

     ANSC 343 Animal Reproduction.............................................................................

     ANSC 360 Horses and Horsemanship.....................................................................

     ANSC 396 Plant and Animal Breeding.....................................................................

3

3

2

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................11
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR (PVS)

     CHEM 131 General Chemistry Lab.........................................................................

     CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab....................................................

     CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab.....................................................

     CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab....................................................

     CHEM 453 Biochemistry I......................................................................................

     BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab.............................................................................

     BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab.........................................................

     BIOL 351 Genetics...............................................................................................

     BIOL 355/357 Microbiology I Lecture/Lab...............................................................

1

4

4

4

3

1

4

3

4

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................28
ELECTIVES
     Minimum (PMGT) .................................................................................................
     Minimum (PVS) ...................................................................................................
11
9
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (BS)

The purpose of this degree is to fulfill the educational needs of students who are preparing for careers in natural resource management. As the national consciousness of the finite nature of natural resources has increased, the extraction industries, agriculture and manufacturers in general have been required to change the way they handle natural resources. Interactions between companies that consume natural resources and regulations governing the conservation of these resources have led to the creation of new disciplines and new career opportunities. Graduate schools in colleges of agriculture as well as in colleges of arts and sciences offer degrees and graduate assistantships in a multitude of environmental areas. The emergence of new jobs in natural resource management indicate the opportunities for graduates in environmental science.

BS: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (ENVR)
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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible
     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................
     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation......................................................................................
     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament.................................................................
     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture.............................................................................

     Advanced Bible....................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English
     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric......................................................................
     Literature............................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication...........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299......................................................................................................3
Science

     BIOL 112 General Biology I ..................................................................................

     CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry or 
          ENVF track: CHEM 133 General Chemistry I......................................................

3

 

3

Mathematics
     MATH 123 ...........................................................................................................3
Exercise Science

     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................

     ENVO activity menu: EXSC 206, 210, 211, 239, 350, 351, 352
                                    EXSM 225, 229, 230, 330, 430;
                                    EXSW 225, 229, 230, 330, 430

4

 

 

 

University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41

BS DEGREE CORE

English

     ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing ..........................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics .....................................
     POLS 225 National Government ............................................................................

     Choose one: anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, psychology
                        (also EDUC 221), sociology ...............................................................

3

3

 

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Agricultural and Environmental Science Core

     AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech....................................................

     AGRB 382 Agribusiness Management ....................................................................

     ANSC 111 General Animal Science .......................................................................

     ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition ...................................................................................

     ENVR 112 Plant Science .......................................................................................

     ENVR 233 Soil Science .........................................................................................

     ENVR 350 Rangeland Ecology ...............................................................................

     ENVR 420 Environmental Thought .........................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................24
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
Science Core

     BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab ............................................................................

     BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab ........................................................

     BIOL 221/223 Animal Biology or

           BIOL 222/224 Plant Biology ............................................................................

1

4

 

4

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................9
WILDLIFE AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRACK (ENVW)

     CHEM 111 Intro to Chemistry Lab .........................................................................

     CHEM 112/114 Intro to Organic and Biological Chemistry ........................................

     ENVR 279 Natural Resource Management ..............................................................

     ENVR 320 Energy Resources ................................................................................

     ENVR 341 Water Resources ..................................................................................

     ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants .................................................................................

     ENVR 354 Range Science .....................................................................................

     ENVR 410 Environmental Law and Policy ...............................................................

     ENVR 455 Wildlife Ecology ....................................................................................

     Choose two: BIOL 305, 311, 315, 322, 362, 367, 370, 380, 403425, 471, 477 .........

1

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

4

6

TRACK TOTAL ........................................................................................................33
OUTDOOR STUDIES TRACK (ENV0)

     AENV 384 Internship in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences .............................

     CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry Lab ...............................................................

     CHEM 112/114 Intro to Organic and Biological Chemistry ........................................

     ENVR 279 Natural Resource Management ..............................................................

     ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants .................................................................................

     ENVR 410 Environmental Law and Policy ...............................................................

     ENVR 455 Wildlife Ecology ....................................................................................

     EXSC 241 First Aid ..............................................................................................

     EXSC 360 Leadership and Management for Health Promotion ..................................

     EXSC 460 Program Planning for Health Promotion ..................................................

     Choose two: EXSC 206, 210, 211, 239, 350, 351, 352,
                        EXSM 225, 229, 230, 330, 430,
                        EXSW 225, 229, 230, 330, 430
          (choose two courses in addition to UNIV core requirements) ..............................

3

1

4

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

 

 

 

2

TRACK TOTAL ........................................................................................................32
FIELD TECHNOLOGY TRACK (ENVF)

     CHEM 131 General Chemistry Lab ........................................................................

     CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lab and General Chemistry II .........................

     CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lab and Organic Chemistry I ............................

     CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lab and Organic Chemistry II .........................

     CHEM 341 Environmental Chemistry .....................................................................

     ENVR 279 Natural Resource Management ..............................................................

     ENVR 320 Energy Resources ................................................................................

     ENVR 341 Water Resources ..................................................................................

     ENVR 345 Rangeland Plants .................................................................................

     ENVR 410 Environmental Law and Policy ...............................................................

1

4

4

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

TRACK TOTAL ........................................................................................................31
POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY TRACK (ENVP)

     AGRB 442 Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy ................................................

     CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry Lab ...............................................................

     CHEM 112/114 Intro to Organic and Biological Chemistry ........................................

     ENVR 279 Natural Resource Management ..............................................................

     ENVR 320 Energy Resources ................................................................................

     ENVR 341 Water Resources ..................................................................................

     ENVR 410 Environmental Law and Policy ...............................................................

     POLS 341 American Public Policy ..........................................................................

     Choose three: POLS 345, 360, 381, 383, 385, 395, 483, 488, 492, 494 ....................

3

1

4

3

3

3

3

3

9

TRACK TOTAL ........................................................................................................32
ELECTIVES

     Minimum (ENVW) ................................................................................................

     Minimum (ENVO) .................................................................................................

     Minimum (ENVF) .................................................................................................

     Minimum (ENVP) .................................................................................................

6

7

8

7

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE

ACU offers the background courses needed prior to entering a school of veterinary medicine. While at ACU, a student may choose to follow the plan recommended by Texas A&M University. Others choose to complete the BS at ACU before entering veterinary school. An appropriate major in this case is animal science. See the department chair or animal science advisor for further information.

 

COOPERATIVE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE (BS)

ACU awards the bachelor’s degree to qualified students who have satisfactorily completed three years of prescribed work at ACU (a minimum of 104 hours) plus one year at a recognized school of veterinary medicine. Pre-veterinary students in the cooperative program are advised by a professor in animal sciences.

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

BS: COOPERATIVE AGRICULTURE (PRE-VET MEDICINE) DEGREE PLAN (PREV)
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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible
     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................
     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation......................................................................................
     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament.................................................................
     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture.............................................................................

     Advanced Bible....................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English
     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric......................................................................
     Literature............................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication...........................................................3
History

     HIST 100-299......................................................................................................

3
Science
     BIOL 112 General Biology I ..................................................................................

     CHEM 113 Introductory Chemistry.........................................................................

3

3

Mathematics
     MATH 131 Calculus for Applications or

          MATH 185 Calculus I ......................................................................................

 

3

Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................38
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing ..........................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics .....................................

     Choose two: anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, political science,
                        psychology (also EDUC 221), sociology
                        (maximum one course per area) .......................................................

3

 

 

6

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Animal Science

     AENV 110 Intro. to Ag. and Envr. Syst. and Tech. ..................................................

     ANSC 111 General Animal Science .......................................................................

     ANSC 336 Animal Nutrition ...................................................................................

3

3

3

Biology

     BIOL 114 General Biology I Lab ............................................................................

     BIOL 113/115 General Biology II Lecture/Lab ........................................................

     BIOL 351 Genetics ..............................................................................................

     BIOL 355/357 Microbiology Lecture/Lab .................................................................

1

4

3

4

Chemistry

     CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lab ......................................................................

     CHEM 132/134 General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab ...................................................

     CHEM 221/223 Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab ....................................................

     CHEM 322/324 Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab ...................................................

     CHEM 453 Biochemistry I .....................................................................................

     CHEM 454 Biochemistry II ...................................................................................

1

4

4

4

3

3

Physics

     PHYS 110/111 General Physics I Lecture/Lab .........................................................

     PHYS 112/113 General Physics II Lecture/Lab ........................................................

4

4

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................48
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................3
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours from ACU .....................................................................

     Minimum total hours from ACU .............................................................................

2.00

23

104

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Minor in Agricultural Sciences

MINOR: AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (AGRS)

     CHEM 111/113 Introduction to Chemistry Lecture/Lab ............................................

     AGRB 261 Principles of Agricultural and Applied Economics .....................................

     ANSC 111 General Animal Science .......................................................................

     ENVR 112 Plant Science .......................................................................................

     ENVR 233 Soil Science .........................................................................................

     Choose one advanced course from: AENV, AGRB, ANSC, ENVR ...............................

4

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................22


 

 

Minor in Environmental Science

MINOR: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ENVR)

     CHEM 111/113 Introduction to Chemistry Lecture/Lab ............................................

     AENV 130 Environmental and Technological Science ...............................................

     ENVR 112 Plant Science .......................................................................................

     ENVR 233 Soil Science .........................................................................................

     ENVR 279 Resource Conservation ........................................................................

     ENVR 300-499 ....................................................................................................

4

3

3

3

3

6

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................22


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