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SSC200: Soil Science SyllabusSection 001, Spring 2017, 3 Credit HoursCourse DescriptionThis course is designed to introduce you to some fundamental concepts of soil science and lead to thedevelopment of your understanding of the properties and processes that are basic to the use andmanagement of soils. As soils gain recognition as important ecological systems upon which life on Earthis highly dependent, your ability to understand and appreciate the soil resource and soil-plantrelationships will make you a better agricultural / environmental scientist and allow you to make betterdecisions regarding the use and management of land.Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course you should be able to:Describe the important role of the soil in the environment and its contributions to bothagricultural and non-agricultural systems.Communicate clearly using the common terms used by soil scientists.Describe the fundamental physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties of soils,interactions among these properties, and their effects on plant growth, soil behavior, and soilmanagement.Explain the role of soils in the landscape, particularly as related to the soil's participation in themajor cycles of matter and energy (hydrologic cycle, carbon cycle, etc.)Infer basic differences among soils formed under the influence of differences in climate,organisms, relief, parent materials, or time.Use soils information (e.g., from soil survey reports or collected from field studies) andunderstand the benefits and limitations of these data for various land use purposes.Course StructureLectureLecture periods will be used to present and discuss the majority of the material for this course. Classtime will be used for active learning exercises, example problems, and discussion of more complexmaterial. The framework of the course will be a traditional lecture.Out-Of-Class TimeA critical part of the learning process will be self-directed study. On the course web site you will find thefollowing for each of the nine major topics:OverviewsReading assignmentExports of lecture materialsStudy guideQuiz
SSC200: Soil Science Syllabus2 |P a g eTransportationThis course will not require students to provide their own transportation. Non-scheduled class time forfield trips or out-of-class activities is NOT required for this class.Safety & Risk AssumptionsNoneInstructorDr. David A CrouseEmail:[email protected]Phone: 919.515.7302Office Location: 2234 Williams HallOffice Hours: By ArrangementCourse MeetingsLecture: MWF 9:35am - 10:25amLocation:Williams Hall, Room 2215Course MaterialsTextbook:Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils, 3rdEdition -Brady, N. C. and R. R.

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