2023-2024 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

Rangeland Resource Science, Wildland Soil Science Concentration, B.S.

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Learn to address the unique management requirements and problems of wildland soils. Wildland soils are uncultivated, natural soils supporting herbaceous and woody plant communities supplying timber, wildlife habitat, livestock forage, watershed values, and other ecosystem services.

Courses in the Rangeland Resource Science major with a concentration in Wildland Soil Science cover the basic physical and biological sciences, introductory and advanced soil science, and soil and natural resource management. Classroom instruction is enhanced by the university’s soil science laboratories and greenhouses. Research and demonstration sites on private and public lands in Northern California enhance field studies.

Potential careers: soil conservationist, soil scientist, soil consultant, environmental specialist, agricultural inspector, lands or natural resources specialist, restoration specialist, or watershed manager. The Wildland Soil Science Concentration meets the qualifications for “Soil Conservationist” and “Soil Scientist” position classifications in federal employment. This concentration also meets the educational requirements to take the Fundamentals of Soil Science Examination.

Soil courses are embedded in this concentration to meet federal “Soil Scientist” requirements. 

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements . This major includes a Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) certified course.

Wildland Soil Science Concentration (16-20 Units)

Complete one of the following emphases for the Wildland Soil Science Concentration or any combination of the courses below or advisor-approved electives totaling a minimum of 18 additional units.

Botany Emphasis (18 Units)

Earth Sciences Emphasis (19-20 Units)

Complete 6 units from the following:

Sustainable Agriculture Emphasis (16 Units)

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes identify what a student will learn or be able to do upon completion of their program. 

  1. Identify plants and quantify vegetation attributes
  2. Describe, classify and evaluate soil resource attributes
  3. Evaluate rangeland health using national standards
  4. Communicate effectively, using oral and written means, the factual basis, interconnectedness, and interpretation of rangeland/wildland soil science and management
  5. Demonstrate reasoning and critical thinking skills in solving scientific and resource management problems

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