This course introduces soil as a natural body of critical importance to the sustainable use of natural resources and the maintenance of environmental quality. The course explores factors influencing the development of soils and then examines the resulting soil's physical, chemical, and biological properties. Students will gain experience in the identification of common soil characteristics in the field as well as by performing standard laboratory analyses. This course is a natural science course. Specific soil management issues such as managing soils for agriculture or forestry will be discussed, but are not a focus of this course.
Prerequisite: CHM 117 General Chemistry II.