Undergraduate Classes

SSC 332 Environmental Soil Microbiology
Spring Semester of every year

Course Location: On Campus

This course is designed to cover basic concepts and theories on microbial occurrence, distribution, and activity in the soil environment, develop comprehensive knowledge on fundamental microbial functions including, but not limited to organic and inorganic transformations, introduce a variety of techniques and methods in environmental soil microbiology, and challenge students with real-world issues and problems in relation to agricultural production and environmental quality.

BIO 181, SSC 200 or equivalent

Three one-hour exams, six homework assignments, and one project report

Primary Topics:

  • The soil as a microbial environment
  • Soil microbial growth and metabolism
  • Carbon cycling by soil microorganisms
  • Nitrogen cycling by soil microorganisms
  • Soil microbial transformation of sulfur, phosphorus, and iron/manganese
  • inoculation and Biocontrol
  • Mycorrhizae
  • Microbial involvement and composting, bioremediation and heavy metal