CORVALLIS - A growing concern about risks to clean water, ecosystem viability, wetland conservation and nonpoint source pollution has prompted the Oregon State University Department of Crop and Soil Science to offer a new, one-year, non-thesis master of science program in environmental soil science.

"The environmental soil science M.S. degree program will prepare candidates for work in soils consulting, waste management, bioremediation, environmental impact assessment, land evaluation, agricultural chemicals management, wetlands and water quality, in the public or private sectors," explained Richard Dick, professor of soil science at OSU.

"This one-year, non-thesis program is designed for those who have been working full-time or for recent graduates," he said.

Course work includes 45 quarter hours of advanced soil science, business administration and engineering. A project is a part of the program and may be completed as an internship with a public or private agency or in cooperation with a faculty member at OSU.

Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the program before applying, said Dick. Applications can be submitted any time. Students must gain admission into the OSU Graduate School. No previous coursework in soils is required, though it is helpful. For those with a non-science degree, additional coursework in fundamentals of chemistry, math, biology and physics would be required before admittance into the program.

The program will be starting up in the fall of 1996. For more information, contact Richard Dick, Environmental Soil Science M.S. Program, Department of Crop and Soil Science, OSU, 3017 Ag and Life Sciences Bldg., Corvallis, OR 97331-5718.

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Richard Dick, 541-737-5718