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AGPR 201
Basic Soil Science


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


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 See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    AGPR 201
    Summer 2016
    0069
    Matthew Williams
    AGPR 201
    Summer 2016
    5217
    Matthew Williams
    AGPR 201
    Winter 2016
    0069
    Matthew Williams
    AGPR 201
    Winter 2016
    0078
    Matthew Williams
    AGPR 201
    Winter 2016
    5060
    Matthew Williams


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
    X
     
    X
     
    X
    X
     
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.