PLSCS 2600 - Soil Science

Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Enrollment limited to: sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate standing; or permission of instructor.

J. Russell-Anelli.

Designed for students interested in a comprehensive introduction to soil science from both an environmental and plant management perspective. Divided into three units: (1) soil information unit introduces students to soil characterization, testing, mapping, classification, GIS, and land evaluation; (2) soil management unit addresses fertility, pest management, water, and microclimate, as well as erosion, conservation, pollution, and soil health; and (3) unit on the role of soils in ecosystems considers topics such as biodiversity, soils as sinks and sources of greenhouse gases, and the impact of soils on land use. Labs are initially field-oriented with an emphasis on learning practical skills needed to evaluate and manage soils. Subsequent labs focus on accessing, interpreting, and applying soil information.

Outcome 1: Apply needed tools and skills to better understand the nature of soil and soil management needs.

Outcome 2: Identify tools to monitor and assess soil properties.

Outcome 3: Produce good written academic and research projects to effectively demonstrate knowledge and the ability to communicate such knowledge.

Outcome 4: Develop an understanding of the distribution and diversity of soils.

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