Soil Science Courses
Introduction to Soil Science
Physical, chemical and biological properties of soils, as related to use, conservation and plant growth. 2 lectures, 1 laboratory. F,S
Basic meteorology-climatology concepts and their application; includes energy balance, greenhouse effect, temperature, pressure systems, lows, highs, fronts, winds, clouds, storms, humidity, precipitation, and measurements. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations. Prereq: MATH 103. S
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
Principles of plant nutrition and soil nutrient availability; soil testing and fertilizer recommendations and management. Macronutrient emphasis. 2 lectures, 1 two-hour laboratory. Prereq: SOIL 210, CHEM 121, 121L. S
Principles of soil-plant-animal interactions and their influences on environmental and agricultural issues of global significance (e.g. sustainable agriculture, global climate change, diversity conservation. Prereq: SOIL 210.
Principles of chemistry, physics and biology will be used to determine the effects of soil management, agrichemical usage, livestock production, and vegetation on the environment using scales ranging from microsite to watershed. Prereq: SOIL 210, CHEM 121, 121L.
Soil as a three-phase system. Application to soil of physical principles and measurements of soil properties, including density, texture, structure, water content, heat capacity, and transport coefficients. Relationship of properties to agricultural and industrial contamination. 2 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prereq: SOIL 210, PHYS 211, MATH 146. F
Principles of wetland systems, wetland management, wetland functions, wetland delineation, wetland assessment, and wetland improvement. Fall Semester.
Soil Genesis and Survey
Introduction to soil genesis, morphology, geography, techniques of soil survey; field studies and description of soils. 3 lectures, 1 three-hour laboratory. One or more Saturday field trips. Prereq: SOIL 210. F
Characteristics and causes of the climate near the ground and its interaction with living organisms. Energy and mass transfer concepts. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, field trips. Prereq: PHYS 211. F (odd years)
Soil and Plant Analysis
Laboratory analysis of soil, plant, and environmental materials for constituent elements. 2 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prereq: SOIL 210, CHEM 330, 331. S (odd years)
To provide the basic physical, chemical, and biological fate and transport processes of pollution in soils and to neighboring water bodies. Also, how to model and apply these processes to the landscape scale. Prereq: MATH 146, CHEM 121, 121L.
To provide an overview of the tools (manual and electronic) concepts, and theories used to sample for physical, chemical, and biological parameters. F (odd years) (Two one-hour lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.)
Modeling Environmental Fate and Transport
To provide the principles of modeling physical, chemical, and biological fate and transport processes for application in current environmental problems. Emphasis placed on mathematically expressing processes and describing observations. Offered spring semester, even years. Prereq: MATH 146 and CHEM 121 and CHEM 121L.
Chemical reactions and equilibria, solubility relationships, mineral weathering, cation and anion adsorption, redox reactions, metal chelation, and fixation of nutrients in the soil. 3 lectures. Prereq: SOIL 332, CHEM 122, 122L. F
Advanced Soil Physics
Composition of soil in terms of solid, liquid, and gaseous phases. Theory of water, heat, and solute transport processes. Water availability for plant growth. 2 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prereq: SOIL 433 or SOIL 633, PHYS 211, MATH 146 or 165. (even years)
Advanced Soil Fertility
Advanced study of soil-plant-nutrient relationships with emphasis on concepts of soil fertility, ion absorption, nutrient transformation, and interpretation of experimental data. 2 lectures. Prereq: SOIL 322. F (even years)
Advanced Soil Genesis, Morphology and Classification
Advanced study of processes of soil development, soil morphology, and principles of soil classification. 2 lectures. Prereq: SOIL 444/644. F (even years)
Soil Science Seminar
NDSU Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012
Course descriptions for all NDSU classes