Graduate Classes

SSC 511 Soil Physics
Fall semester of every year

To understand the physical components of the soil system and relate these to physical, chemical, and biological processes occurring in and through soil. Particular emphasis is given to techniques for measurement and characterization of soil physical properties and processes.

SSC 200, PY 211 or equivalent; or consent of instructor

three mid-term exams, homework, lab reports, and final exam

Primary Topics:

  • Soil mass and volume relationships
  • Solid components: particle size, specific surface area, structure
  • Energy concepts of soil water and water retention
  • Saturated and unsaturated water flow
  • Solute transport and preferential flow
  • Temperature, heat transfer, and surface energy balance
  • Gas transport and soil aeration
  • Management considerations for the soil physical environment