Physical, chemical, and biological properties that affect distribution and use patterns of this important ecosystem component. Includes soil morphology and genesis, plant nutrition and nutrient cycling, soil water, microbiology, and application of soil properties to environmental concerns. One Saturday field trip. Offered: A.
Introductory Soils will give you an understanding of what soils are, their physical, chemical and biological properties, what processes occur in soils, and how soils function as part of an ecosystem Includes discussion of soil morphology, genesis, plant nutrition and nutrient cycling, soil water microbiology, and applicaiton of soil properties to enverionmental concerns.
Three lectures per week, a one-time lab, and one all-day field trip.
Class Assignments and Grading
2 in-class exams, quizzes, and one group project
Exams: 60% Quizzes 20% Project 20%