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Syllabus

 

Lead Instructor: Dr. Duane Gardiner

Institution: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

e-mail: d-gardiner@tamuk.edu

 

Instructors:

Dr. Ramble Ankumah

Associate Professor and Coordinator
Environmental Science Program
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Tuskegee University, Albama
rankum@acd.tusk.edu

 

Dr. Wilbert Odem

Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering
Department of Engineering and Technology
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
Wilbert.Odem@nau.edu

 

Course Description:

ENV 320 is divided into three modules. Module 1 describes the principles of natural science as they pertain to soils. Module 2 addresses the principles and practices of land management. Module 3 exposes students to selected lab procedures important to soils practitioners and to selected case studies involving principles of soil pollution.

 

Textbook:

Required: R.W. Miller & D.T. Gardiner, 1998. Soils in our Environment, 8th Edition. Prentice-Hall Publishers, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Problems/Assignments

Problems and/or readings will be assigned throughout the course. The due date for each assignment will be stated at the time the assignment is made. Assignments must be completed on time to receive credit.

 

Evaluation:

Each module will be evaluated independently from other modules. One exam, worth 100 points, will be given following each of the three modules. Each module will also contain assignments and problem sets worth up to a total of 100 points per module. Grades will be assigned based on points earned as a percentage of total points possible. An "A" grade requires 90%, a "B" 80%, a "C" 70%, and a "D" 60%.

 

Prerequisites:

One semester of college-level chemistry.

One semester of college-level algebra.

Module 1 is prerequisite for Module 2.

Module 2 is prerequisite for Module 3.

 

Class Schedule

Module 1

Lecture Tape Reading Lecture Title

1

1

Chapter 1 Introduction to soil science course

2

1

Chapter 1 Soil and its components

3

2

Chapter 2 Soil formation

4

2

Chapter 2 Soil morphology

5

3

Chapter 3 Soil physical properties—solid state

6

3

Chapter 3 Soil physical properties—aeration and temperature

7

4

Chapter 3 Soil physical properties—mechanics

8

4

Chapter 4 Water chemistry

9

5

Chapter 4 Soil water properties

10

5

Chapter 4 Soil water flow

11

6

Chapter 4 Soil water measurement

12

6

Chapter 5 Clay mineralogy

13

7

Chapter 5 Ion exchange and absorption

14

7

Chapter 6 Soil ecology

15

8

Chapter 6 Soil microorganisms

16

8

Chapter 6 Soil organic matter

Module 1 Exam

Module 2

Lecture Tape Reading Lecture Title

17

9

Chapter 7 Soil taxonomy

18

9

Chapter 7 Soil orders

19

10

Chapter 8 Acid soils

20

10

Chapter 9 Salt-affected soils

21

11

Chapter 10 NPK in soil-plant environment

22

11

Chapters 11, 12, 13 Plant nutrition

23

12

Chapter 15 Soil erosion

24

12

Chapter 16 Water management

25

13

Chapter 17 Drainage and wetlands

26

13

Chapter 18 Soil pollution principles

27

14

Chapter 18 Soil pollutants

28

14

Chapter 19 Waste management

29

15

Chapter 19 Soil remediation

30

15

Chapter 20 Soil surveys

31

16

Chapter 20 Land-use planning

Module 2 Exam

 

Module 3

Lecture Tape Reading Lecture Title

32

17

Handout Lab: Particle size analysis

33

17

Handout Case study: Solute transport

34

18

Handout Case study: Solute transport, continued

35

18

Handout Lab: Soil pH and salinity

36

19

Handout Case study: Bioremediation

37

19

Handout Case study: Bioremediation, continued

38

20

Handout Lab: Hydraulic conductivity

39

20

Handout Case study: Radionuclides

40

21

Handout Case study: Radionuclides, continued

41

21

Handout Lab: Geophysical instrumentation

42

22

Handout Lab: Geophysical instrumentation, continued

Module 3 Exam