Soil Science Fundamentals

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 24 hour course, no prerequisites

This course includes an overview of soil for­ma­tion and soil clas­si­fi­ca­tion with empha­sis giv­en to soils of West­ern Cana­da. Addi­tion­al top­ics will include basic soil chem­i­cal, phys­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal prop­er­ties and process­es. Soil make-up and why air and water are impor­tant com­po­nents of soil will also be includ­ed, water hold­ing and trans­mis­sion, soil nutri­ent cycling by microor­gan­isms, effects of salt on soil prop­er­ties, and soil inter­ac­tions with­in ecosys­tems will also be cov­ered. Course con­cepts will pro­vide a broad under­stand­ing of soil sci­ence as prepa­ra­tion for more spe­cial­ized soil and envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences courses.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define soil and describe what it is comprised of.
  • Describe the classification of soils in Canada, especially in Western Canada.
  • Identify how various factors affect soil development and how those factors affect soil forming processes.
  • Describe some of the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils.
  • Demonstrate use of soil survey reports and the online Alberta Soil Viewer.
Take note:

  • No textbook required.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Offered:


Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Fall term.

Get ready to keep learning! Register for a course and join us online this Fall.

Konstantin Dlusskiy

Your Instructor

Konstantin Dlusskiy

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

24 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

All of us at Extension are looking forward to welcoming you to our virtual classrooms this season with courses that are tailor-made for online delivery. Join us!
Weekends (Mon, Sat, Sun)
Jan 16, 2021Jan 25, 2021
Jan 16Jan 24
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Tuesday

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8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Jan 18Jan 25
Monday

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 24 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until January 16, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

  • 1 scheduled
  • Online delivery
  • 24 hour course, no prerequisites


Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Fall term.

Get ready to keep learning! Register for a course and join us online this Fall.