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 Course Title:   Soil Science

 Title Abbreviation:   SOIL SCIENCE

 Department:    ENVAG

 Course #:    106

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Introduction to basic concepts of soil science, plant nutrition and water management. Topics include soil formation and development, soil structure and composition, physical properties of soils, mineralogy, soil chemistry, nutrient holding capacity, fertilizers, temperature, aeration, and plant, soil and water relationships. Native soils, commercial mixes, soil testing, soil amendments and application rates are covered. Special emphasis is given to soil origins in the Pacific Northwest.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Name the three components of all soil systems and their relationship to each other.
  2. Define and describe in general terms the techniques for measuring the more fundamental physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soils.
  3. Practice soil testing techniques.
  4. Relate soil behavior under varying conditions to these components and properties.
  5. Explain how soil properties are derived through soil development, how they are used in soil classification, and how they relate to the productivity and fertility of the soil.
  6. Understand the soil/plant relationships by describing methods of evaluating plant growth problems relating to improper nutrition and to prescribe soil or plant treatments to overcome them.
  7. Interpret water relationships in soil with available water for plant growth and flow of water in soils.
  8. Evaluate soil temperature changes at a given depth as it varies throughout the seasons.
  9. Recognize the structure of rocks and minerals and knowledge of their relationship to soil formation and use.
  10. Recognize the importance of organic matter in soils and its involvement in soil formation and use
  11. Understand the principles of soil management.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.

Course Contents

  1. Soil systems and their relationship to each other.
  2. Techniques for measuring the more fundamental physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soils.
  3. Soil testing techniques.
  4. Soil behavior under varying conditions.
  5. Soil properties derived through soil development; soil classification, and the productivity and fertility of the soil.
  6. Soil/plant relationships; evaluating plant growth problems relating to improper nutrition and soil or plant treatments to overcome them.
  7. Water relationships in soil with available water for plant growth and flow of water in soils.
  8. Soil temperature changes at a given depth as it varies throughout the seasons.
  9. Structure of rocks and minerals and knowledge of their relationship to soil formation and use.
  10. Importance of organic matter in soils and its involvement in soil formation and use.
  11. Principles of soil management.