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.


one of: GEOG 213, 214, 215, CHEM 121

Course organization:

One two-hour lecture and one two-hour laboratory session each week.  There will be no labs held in the first week of classes.

Recommended Textbook:
Brady, N.C. and R.R. Weil. 2008.  The Nature and Properties of Soils. Fourteenth edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.  Note: previous editions of this text are also acceptable. (Library link to the 13th ed.)

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Laboratory exercises and quiz           40%
Midterm examination                       25%
Final examination                            35%

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


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