Fall 2021 - GEOG 317 D100

Soil Science (4)

Class Number: 4304

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Margaret Schmidt
    1 778 782-3323
    Office: RCB 7133
  • Prerequisites:

    One of GEOG 213, 214, 215, or CHEM 121.



An introduction to the study of soils: physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; soil formation, description, classification, survey and use. Field and laboratory techniques of soil analysis. Students with credit for GEOG 318 may not take this course for further credit.


This course provides the students with a fundamental knowledge of soil science.  The main learning objectives are to: (1) characterize the basic physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; (2) to become familiar with soil formation, classification (based on the Canadian System of Soil Classification), survey and mapping; and (3) become familiar with environmental issues related to soil science.

Course organization:
One two-hour lecture and one two-hour laboratory session most weeks.  There will be no labs held in the first week of classes.


  • Assignments 40%
  • Midterm examination 25%
  • Final examination 35%


The final examination will be scheduled in the formally-scheduled university examination period. 



R.R. Weil and Brady, N.C. 2016.  The Nature and Properties of Soils. Fifteenth edition, Pearson.  Note: previous editions of this text are also acceptable.  CourseSmart extextbooks are available at www.coursesmart.com.

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