Soil Science (CSS 2600) [Fall 2012]
36 Presentations. Designed for students interested in a comprehensive introduction to soil science from both an environmental and plant management perspective. Divided into three units: (1) soil information unit introduces students to soil characterization, testing, mapping, classification, GIS, and land evaluation; (2) soil management unit addresses fertility, pest management, water, and microclimate, as well as erosion, conservation, pollution, and soil health; and (3) unit on the role of soils in ecosystems considers topics such as biodiversity, soils as sinks and sources of greenhouse gases, and the impact of soils on land use. Labs are initially field-oriented with an emphasis on learning practical skills needed to evaluate and manage soils. Subsequent labs focus on accessing, interpreting, and applying soil information.