Data from: Bachelors level soil science training at land grant institutions in the USA and its territories
Brevik, Eric (2019), Data from: Bachelors level soil science training at land grant institutions in the USA and its territories, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.md0rs60
Concern over the status of soil science education in the USA has led to a number of publications in recent years that track trends in student enrollment and offer suggestions for attracting more students to soil science. However, there is little information about changes in the number of degree programs that prepare students for careers as soil scientists, and such changes are obviously an important measure of the status of our field. This study established criteria to identify bachelor’s degree programs that prepare students for soil science careers and used websites at land grant colleges to review the degree offerings of these schools in USA states and territories to determine if they met the established criteria. Fifty-nine land grant colleges were identified that offer bachelor’s degree programs that prepare students for soil science careers, with a total of 61 degree programs since two of the schools had two separate bachelor’s degrees that met the established criteria. This study provides guidelines for conducting similar future studies and a baseline against which they can be compared to allow us to determine whether we are gaining or losing soil science programs at the land grant colleges over time.
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