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EVSP311 - Soil Science

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP311 Course ID: 3688 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

A fundamental study of soil properties and reactions critical to the evaluation of how contaminants, as well as essential nutrients, behave in the soil environment. Interactions of potential pollutants with soils and the aquatic and atmospheric environments are emphasized. Methods of soil management or remediation to minimize pollution are presented. (Prerequisites: CHEM133 or SCIN131 and SCIN138)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

LO-1 Define the basic chemical and physical changes which transform rock into soil.

LO-2 Summarize the different soil orders and their characteristics.

LO-3 Demonstrate how and why the physical properties of soil impact certain human activities.

LO-4 Explain how chemicals and nutrients are stored and released from the soil.

LO-5 Utilize soil surveys to analyze how soil properties have changed over time.

LO-6 Distinguish the major categories of soil pollutants and how remediation for these pollutants occurs.

LO-7 Identify how erosion affects the soil and how it can be prevented.

LO-8 Apply your knowledge to assess a current topic in soil science.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Quizzes 55.00 %
Quiz 1 (Wk2) 11.00 %
Quiz 2 (Wk3) 11.00 %
Quiz 3 (Wk4) 11.00 %
Quiz 4 (Wk5) 11.00 %
Quiz 5 (Wk6) 11.00 %
Final Project 21.00 %
Final Project 21.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost (check out the Resource Center in the classroom or find it in the Library)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.