Soil Science Competency Performace Objectives

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Soil Science Competency Areas and Performance Objectives Fundamentals Exams Performance Objectives listed with this booklet without an asterisk . Professional Exams All Performance Objectives listed within this booklet with an asterisk and highlighted Council of Soil Science Examiners and Soil Science Society of America Effective November 2004
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TABLE OF CONTENTS FORWARD ………………………………………………………………………………3 I. Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy ……………………………………………………. ..4 A. Basic Concepts of Soil Chemistry B. Solid Phase C. Mineral Weathering D. Solid/Solution Equilibria E. Sorption and Precipitation Reactions G. Acidity H. Oxidation and Reduction II. Soil Fertility …………………………………………………………………………. .9 A. Essential Plant Nutrients B. Roles of Nutrients in Plants and Their Availability in Soils C. pH D. Acidifying and Liming of Soil E. Salt affected Soils F. Nutrient Sources G. Soil Fertility Sampling H. Soil and Plant analysis and interpretations I. Nutrient Management III. Soil Physics …………………………………………………………………………14 A. Physical Properties B. Soil-Water Relationships C. Water Movement and Transport Processes D. Soil Temperature E. Soil Gases F. Engineering Properties IV. Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification ……………………………………19 A. Soil Forming Factors B. Horizon Forming Processes C. Soil Profile Descriptions D. Soil Interpretations and Land Use Management E. Soil Classification Concepts F. Soil Mapping G. Geomorphology H. Soils in Ecosystems I. Soil Variability 2
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V. Soil Biology and Biochemistry ……………………………………………………24 A. Living Soil Constituents B. Soil Ecology C. Biological and Biochemical Activities D. Soil Organic Matter E. Environmental and Agricultural Applications VI. Land Use Management ……………………………………………………………30 A. Erosion and Sediment Control B. Wetland Soils and Hydric Soils C. Soil Quality and Management D. Waste Management E. Cropland and Field Management F. Water Quality and Management G. Regulatory and Resource Agencies H. Surface Mine and Mine Spoil Reclamation I. Urban Soils J. Forest Soils 3
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FOREWORD This booklet represents the Performance Objectives (POs) for the Soil Science Fundamental and Professional Examinations. All of the POs are to be used for the Professional Examination and the POs without an asterisk (*) are to be used for the Fundamental Examination. The POs presented are the minimal fundamental and professional competencies needed by all professional soil scientists. These competencies are given as a list of POs.
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