Master Course Outline
AGPR-201
Basic Soil Science
Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60
Lab Hours: 20
Lecture Hours: 40


Description
Provides an understanding of soil structure and composition as related to temperature, water, and other environmental controls. Emphasizes studying soils from a land use and management perspective. Lab work required.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Compare and discuss the use and management considerations of unique soils based on physical and chemical characteristics.
  • Classify physical and mineral structural units of soils.
  • Make general land use and fertility recommendations based on organic matter constituents, distribution, and cycling.
  • Estimate and evaluate soil texture using standard methods.
  • Identify types and measurements of soil water and describe how each changes based on soil texture and percent organic matter.
  • Identify common gases in soil and compare them to atmospheric concentrations.
  • Describe cation exchange capacity and how it is influenced by texture, mineralogy, pH, and organic matter.
  • Describe the process of soil formation and development.
  • Predict the physical and chemical characteristics of a soil based on climate, parent materials and mineralogy.
  • Recommend best management practices to reduce soil loss and to increase or maintain site productivity based on a field site assessment inclusive of a soil profile and identification of land capability class for a specific intended use.

Course Topics
  • Soil Components, Phases, and Profile-Horizons
  • Land Evaluation
  • Organic Fraction of Soil
  • Rocks, Parent Material, Soil Formation
  • Physical Properties of Soil
  • Mineral Fraction of Soils
  • Soil Reaction - Acidity & Alkalinity
  • Soil Water Relationships


Syllabi Listing
Course
Year Quarter
Item
Instructor Files
AGPR 201
B672
0078
Matthew Williams
AGPR 201
B672
0069
Matthew Williams
AGPR 201
B671
5217
Matthew Williams
AGPR 201
B671
0069
Matthew Williams
AGPR 201
B563
5060
Matthew Williams


Two Year Projected Schedule

2016 - 20172017 - 2018
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