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SOIL Undergraduate Courses, Corvallis Campus

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Top SOIL 101 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE, CROP, SOIL, AND INSECT SCIENCE (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces students with interests in horticulture, crop, soil, and insect sciences to educational and professional opportunities in these disciplines. Speakers will discuss opportunities in research and academia as well as in the applied professional job market. Open to all students. CROSSLISTED as CROP 101, ENT 101, HORT 101.

Top SOIL 199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top SOIL 199H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top SOIL 205 SOIL SCIENCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to the chemical, physical and biological nature of soils. Examines how soils function in terms of plant growth, nutrient supply, the global carbon cycle, ecological habitat, and water purification. Community-based learning projects provide hands-on experience with fundamental soil science principles and the impact of human activities on soil quality and sustainability. Lec. (Bacc Core Course if taken with SOIL 206 or FOR 206) PREREQS: SOIL 206* [D-] or FOR 206* [D-]

Top SOIL 206 SOIL SCIENCE LABORATORY FOR SOIL 205 (1)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Students will gain hands-on experience with soil science concepts and applications. Laboratory exercises and field trips will help students develop proficiency in the methods/tools for analyzing soil chemistry, biology, morphology, physical properties, and soil forming factors. Skills will be taught in the context of soils' social, economic, and environmental importance. (Bacc Core Course if taken with SOIL 205) COREQS: SOIL 205

Top SOIL 299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top SOIL 299H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top SOIL 316 NUTRIENT CYCLING IN AGROECOSYSTEMS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Nutrient forms, transformations, and cycling. Diagnosis and correction of nutrient deficiencies, pH and salinity. Impact of nutrient management practices on crop production, soil health, nutrient use efficiency, and environmental quality. Organic and inorganic fertilization. Labs include soil sampling and testing procedures, data collection on soil and plants, computer applications for soil fertility management, and field trips. Lec/lab. PREREQS: CH 121 [D-] and (SOIL 205 [D-] or CSS 205 [D-] or CSS 305 [D-] )

Top SOIL 325 AG AND ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICAMENTS: A CASE STUDY APPROACH (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Evaluation of controversial agricultural and environmental problems. Production of clear oral and written documents describing and analyzing problems and specific courses of action utilizing team-building skills. (Writing Intensive Course) CROSSLISTED as CROP 325. PREREQS: (CSS 305 [D-] or CSS 205 [D-] or SOIL 205 [D-] )

Top SOIL 366 ECOSYSTEMS OF WILDLAND SOILS (3) 
Focuses on soils that occur in relatively undisturbed ecosystems such as forests and rangelands. Topics covered include properties and processes specific to understanding and managing the soil resource in these areas. An overview of US Soil Taxonomy will also be given. PREREQS: (SOIL 205 [D-] or CSS 205 [D-] or CSS 305 [D-] ) and an understanding and appreciation of environmental chemistry, biology, ecology, and physics is needed for this course.

Top SOIL 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top SOIL 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top SOIL 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Independent, original study and preparation of a senior thesis. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Senior standing.

Top SOIL 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top SOIL 405H READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Junior standing and Honors College approval required.

Top SOIL 407 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top SOIL 408 WORKSHOP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Evaluation and judging of soils in Oregon and other states; directed studies of soil morphology, soil survey, soil fertility, soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology, and soil information systems. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top SOIL 409 PRACTICUM (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top SOIL 410 INTERNSHIP (1-6)  Offered in current or future terms
Professional work experience previously approved and supervised by the department, written report required. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top SOIL 435 ENVIRONMENTAL SOIL PHYSICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Covers principles of soil physical properties and processes as they relate to agricultural, hydrological and environmental problems. Lec/lab. Offered odd years. PREREQS: (CSS 205 [D-] or CSS 305 [D-] or SOIL 205 [D-] ) and CH 123 and MTH 241 and PH 201 or equivalent.

Top SOIL 445 ENVIRONMENTAL SOIL CHEMISTRY (3) 
Structural chemistry of clay minerals and organic matter, cation and anion exchange, and soil solution equilibria of soils. Ion exchange, mineral-solution equilibria, and adsorption reactions of silicate clays, oxides, and organic matter are emphasized. Covers the sorption behavior of environmental contaminants and the weathering reactions that govern the transport of reactive solutes through soils. Lec/rec. Offered odd years.

Top SOIL 455 BIOLOGY OF SOIL ECOSYSTEMS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A detailed study of the organisms that live in the soil and their activities in the soil ecosystems, soil as a habitat for organisms, taxonomy and biology of soil organisms, fundamentals of nutrient cycles, special topics in soil biology, review basis of soil microbial and ecological principles. Lec/rec/lab. PREREQS: (CSS 305 or CSS 205 or SOIL 205). Courses in chemistry, physics, and microbiology are recommended.

Top SOIL 466 SOIL MORPHOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Observation and description of soil properties in the field; writing soil profile descriptions; evaluating criteria that define features used to classify soils; using soil classification keys. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (SOIL 205 [D-] or CSS 205 [D-] or CSS 305 [D-] )

Top SOIL 468 SOIL LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Principles of soil geomorphology, soil stratigraphy, and surficial processes as applied to understanding the soil system and landscape scales. Emphasis on field observations of soils, geomorphic surfaces, and environment. Field project entails design of soil survey map units, field mapping and GIS cartographic techniques. Lec/lab. Offered even years. PREREQS: (SOIL 466* [D-] or CSS 466* [D-] )

Top SOIL 475 SOIL RESOURCE POTENTIALS (4) 
Course builds on knowledge from introductory pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics and soil biology to practice the evaluation of nutrient availability and soil moisture storage in the rooting space. Results from the application of pedotransfer functions to observations at the pit wall are translated into quantitative, numerical expressions of soil resource potentials. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (SOIL 435 [D-] and SOIL 455 [D-] and SOIL 466 [D-] )

Top SOIL 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top SOIL 499H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Junior standing and Honors College approval required.



 
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