University of Connecticut

Soil Science (SOIL) 2015-2016

Head of Department: Professor Richard McAvoy

Department Office: Room 122, W.B. Young Building

Major requirements

2120. Environmental Soil Science

Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 1122 or 1124Q or 1127Q or 1137Q or 1147Q. Schulthess

Introduction to the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. The relationship between soils and the growth of higher plants. Impact of soils on environmental quality. CA 3.

2125. Soils Lab

One credit. One 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: SOIL 2120, which may be taken concurrently. Schulthess

Basic laboratory analysis of the physical and chemical properties of soil. Includes weekend field trips.

3410. Soil Chemistry Components

Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour computer laboratory period. Prerequisite: CHEM 1128Q and 2241. Recommended preparation: SOIL 2120 and 2125. Schulthess

Basic concepts of the physical chemistry of soil constituents. Topics include soil atmospheres, soil solutions, soil organic matter, soil mineralogy, and surface characteristics and analysis.

3520. Urban and Sports Turf Soils

Three credits. Prerequisites: SOIL 2120. Jointly taught with SAPL 352. Henderson

Physical and engineering properties of soils and root zone mixes utilized for landscapes, horticulture production, golf course putting greens and athletic fields. Areas of emphasis will include: preparation and evaluation of project specifications, root zone constituent selection, design and installation of drainage systems, evaluating soils and root zone mixes prior to construction by conducting and assessing laboratory performance testing, examining construction techniques and maintaining quality control during construction.

3620. Soil Fertility

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: SOIL 2120. Morris

Factors governing nutrient uptake by plants, fate of nutrients applied to soils, principles and practices in the manufacture and use of fertilizers for crop production, laboratory and greenhouse studies of soil and plant response to applied nutrients.

4420. Soil Chemistry Processes

Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: CHEM 1128Q and 2241. Recommended preparation: SOIL 2120 and 2125. Schulthess

Physical chemical characteristics of soil minerals and soil organic matter, and their reactivity with compounds present in the aqueous and vapor phase. Topics include: redox reactions, adsorption and desorption measurements, electrokinetics, adsorption modeling, and basic principles of soil modification and remediation practices.

 

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