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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 319
Course Title: *Soils
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An examination of soils. Topics include soil as a medium for plant growth, habitat for organisms, system for water supply and purification, recycling system for nutrients and organic wastes and engineering medium. Cross-listed as BIOL 319. Prerequisites: C or better in BIOL 110 or BIOL/ENVS 115; C or better in CHEM 110.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

C or better in BIOL 110 or BIOL/ENVS 115; C or better in CHEM 110.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

The Nature and Properties of Soils
By Brady et al. (Prentice Hall)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe soils physical and chemical properties.
  2. Illustrate the formation of soils.
  3. Summarize soil classification.
  4. Appraise how soil is a medium for plant growth.
  5. Explain how soil is a system for water supply and purification integral to the hydrologic cycle.
  6. Recognize how soil is a recycling system for nutrients and organic wastes.
  7. Describe soil as a habitat for organisms.
  8. Evaluate how agriculture, industry and urbanization impact soil
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Soil
  • Soil importance and interaction with agriculture, industry and civilization
  • Soil pollutants and remediation strategies
  • Social values, economic and policy pertaining to soil and water quality

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Nathan Means Date: March 10, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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