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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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AGA 154 - Fundamentals of Soil Science

Last Date of Approval: Fall 2020

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
Introduces physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, their formation, classification, and distribution. Uses soil survey and other information sources in balancing agronomic, economic, and environmental concerns in soil management. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills, that will be beneficial to anyone entering a career in production agriculture or Agronomy. This should also help students to be able integrate a more sustainable approach to Soil Science.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  • Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Describe the physical, chemical and biological processes and properties occurring in the soil.
    • Explain soil formation and classification systems.
    • Analyze soil fertility and management practices.
    • Examine environmental issues and challenges as they relate to soil and human health.
    • Relate soil water properties and their relationships.
    • Summarize the ecological
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science Objectives:
    • Summarize the ecological functions of soil and its role in recycling resources needed for plant growth.
    • Define a soil body, describe how soils develop, and understand the horizons of the soil profile.
    • Explain how soil surveys are prepared and used.
    • Describe soil texture, permeability, structure, and the effects of compaction and tilth.
    • Define the carbon cycle and describe how to promote populations of beneficial soil organisms.
    • Explain what organic matter is, how it forms, and what it does in the soil.
    • Identify the role of water in plant growth.
    • Discuss water quality and explain the need for water conservation. I. Identify the methods of artificial drainage and irrigation.
    • Name and classify the essential elements and explain how they are absorbed by the plants.
    • Describe soil pH, how it develops, and its effects on plant growth.
    • Intial InpDiscuss nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium nutrition.

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