Undergraduate Classes

SSC 012 Principles of Soil Science
Fall Semester Only

Course Location: On Campus

An introduction to Soil Science that provides a basic understanding of soil science terminology, soil formation, and the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil. The effects of soil properties on plant growth in natural ecosystems, crop production and turf management are discussed. A weekly lab complements the lecture topics with hands on experience.


Four exams, laboratory exercises and a comprehensive final

Primary Topics:

  • The Importance of Soils
  • Factors of Soil Formation
  • Soil Classification and Survey
  • Soil Physical Properties
  • Soil Water
  • Hydrologic Cycle and Water Conservation, Drainage and Irrigation, Wetlands
  • Soil chemical properties
  • Soil Acidity and Liming
  • Soil organisms and organic matter
  • Plant growth, Nutrition and Nutrients
  • Fertilizers
  • Organic amendments
  • Soil Conservation