Undergraduate Classes

SSC 201 Soil Science Laboratory
Spring/Fall Every Year

Course Location: On Campus

Objective:
Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to: Describe the important role of the soil in the environment and its contributions to both agricultural and non-agricultural systems; Communicate clearly using the common terms used by soil scientists; Describe the fundamental physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties of soils, interactions among these properties, and their effects on plant growth, soil behavior, and soil management; Explain the role of soils in the landscape, particularly as related to the soil's participation in the major cycles of matter and energy (hydrologic cycle, carbon cycle, etc.); Infer basic differences among soils formed under the influence of differences in climate, organisms, relief, parent materials, or time; Use soils information (e.g., from soil survey reports or collected from field studies) and understand the benefits and limitations of these data for various land use purposes.

Prerequisite:
CH101 or equivalenat; SSC200

Grading:
6 Quizzes; 4 Problem Sets; 2 Lab Reports

Primary Topics:

  • Problem Session: Chemistry and Math for Soil Scientists
  • The Formation of Soil
  • The Classification and Mapping of Soil
  • The Physical Properties of Texture and Structure
  • Problem Session: Soil Density
  • Soil and Water Relationships
  • Mineralogy, Ion Exchange & Flocculation
  • Understanding and Controlling Soil pH
  • Field Trip: NCDA&CS Agronomic Division
  • Problem Session: Nutrient Management
  • Problem Session: Carbon Cycling
  • Field Trip: Sediment & Erosion Education Facility

Contact:
David.Crouse@ncsu.edu