This course is an introduction to the principles of soil science - the origin of soils, their classification and interpretation in natural and modified environments. Soil will be studied as a product of the natural environment, with a focus on formation processes and changes which occur when it is modified through use. A variety of uses including agriculture, forestry, recreation, and urban development will be considered.
Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Explain the great significance of soil to individuals and society as a whole
- Enumerate the wide variety of soils that exist in Canada and the world and know how and why those soils exist
- Explain the physical, chemical and hydrologic properties of soil and the scientific principles that govern these properties
- Explain the significant role of soils in plant growth and the need for soil and nutrient management
- Explain the significant role of soil in human activity such as road and building construction and waste disposal
- Discuss current issues and concerns that exist for soil use and management today and understand the management approaches that are available to deal with these concerns
- Describing Soil
- Soil Formation
- Classification of Canadian Soils
- Soil Physical Characterization and Management
- Water Behaviour in Soil
- Water Management
- Chemical and Mineralogical Properties of Soil (pH, organic matter and clay fraction)
- Soil as a Reservoir of Plant Nutrients
- Soil Quality and Degradation through Human Activity
- Soil Capability and Land Use Management
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Additional Technical Requirements
This course will use the following:
- Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams.
Please view the Technical Considerations.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Environmental Conservation : Electives
*Course details are subject to change.