Soil Science Fundamentals

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.
This course has no prerequisites

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

Take note:

  • No textbook required.

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

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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