SOIL - Soils

Paul McDaniel, Dept. Head (Ag. Sci. Bldg. Room 242, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339, Moscow, ID 83844-2339; phone (208) 885-7012; paulm@uidaho.edu).

SOIL 205 The Soil Ecosystem

Soil 205 The Soil Ecosystem (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Introduction to the physical, chemical, and biological nature of soils.

Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111 or Instructor Permission

SOIL 206 The Soil Ecosystem Lab

Soil 206 The Soil Ecosystem Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Lab study relevant to Soil 205. Experiments and demonstrations on basic and applied aspects of soil science. One 3-hr lab a wk. Coreq: Soil 205

SOIL 210 Food Systems and Healthy Lifestyles

Soil 210 Food Systems and Healthy Lifestyles (3 cr)

Introduction to food systems including the historical development of our current global food system. Linkages among the production, marketing and transportation of food and food policy on human health will be explored. Students will complete a semester-long assessment of the local food system and its impacts on individual, school and community health and strategies to improve the food system

SOIL 299 Directed Study

SOIL 398 Internship

Soil 398 Internship (1-6 cr, max 6)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission of department

SOIL 400 Seminar

SOIL 404 Special Topics

Soil 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

SOIL 415 Soil and Environmental Physics

Soil J415/J515 Soil and Environmental Physics (3 cr)

Physical properties of soils and their relationships to moisture, aeration, and temperature; plant-soil-atmospheric relationships; solute transport and soil salinity. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: Soil 205, Soil 206, and Phys 111. Soil 415 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs, Fall)

SOIL 416 Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching

Soil 416 Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching (3 cr)
Overview of small acreage production systems, evaluation of goals and resources, land evaluation, marketing options, and accessing community resources. Three field trips. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

SOIL 417 Market Garden Practicum

Soil 417 Market Garden Practicum (1-6 cr)

Experiential learning based course that covers all aspects of running a small acreage vegetable farm. Topics include farm planning, crop rotation, soil fertility and testing, weed management and food systems. Students satisfy credit hours through participation in lecture/discussion, field work and field trips. Class meets at the Plant Science Farm. Recommended preparation: Soil 205. (Summer only)

SOIL 422 Environmental Soil Chemistry

Soil 422 Environmental Soil Chemistry (3 cr)

Chemical processes in soil environment. Recommended Preparation: Soil 205, Soil 206, and Chem 112. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

SOIL 425 Microbial Ecology

Soil J425/J525 Microbial Ecology (3 cr)

Biogeochemical activities and relationships of microorganisms in soil, water, plants, and animals. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Math 137 or 143. (Spring alt/yrs).

Prereq: Biol 154 or 250

SOIL 427 Sustainable Food Systems

Soil J427/J527 Sustainable Food Systems (3 cr)

The purpose of this course is to help students apply systems thinking and systems methodological problem solving skills to identify and describe current and future food system issues. Through lectures, case studies and research students will explore elements and behavior of food systems that impart sustainability. Students taking the course for graduate credit will complete additional readings, research and presentations.

Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Soil 210; or Instructor Permission

SOIL 438 Pesticides in the Environment

Soil 438 Pesticides in the Environment (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience Same as Ent 438 and PlSc 438. Principles of pesticide fate in soil, water, and air; pesticide metabolism in plants, pesticide toxicology, and pesticide mode-mechanism of action; pest resistance to pesticides; biotechnology in pest control; regulations and liability; equipment application technology; pesticide transport, storage, and disposal; and social and ethical considerations. Recommended Preparation: Chem 275.

SOIL 446 Soil Fertility

Soil 446 (s) Soil Fertility (1-3 cr, max 3)

Principles of soil fertility management; availability of plant nutrients and their relationship to plant growth and fertilization practices. Recommended Preparation: Soil 205 and 206.

SOIL 454 Pedology

Soil 454 Pedology (3 cr)

Morphology, genesis, and classification of soils; distribution of soils as related to environmental processes and factors. Two lectures and one 4-hr lab a week. Recommended Preparation: Soil 205 and Soil 206. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

SOIL 456 North Idaho Field Trip

Soil 456 North Idaho Field Trip (1 cr)

Soils and land use in northern Idaho ecosystems; emphasis on soil parent materials, soil formation and morphology, and soil-plant community relationships. Graded P/F. One 3-day field trip; additional class meetings and assignments before and after field trip. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Soil 205 or Permission

SOIL 499 Directed Study

Soil 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

SOIL 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Soil 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

SOIL 501 Seminar

Soil 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

SOIL 502 Directed Study

Soil 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

SOIL 504 Special Topics

Soil 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

SOIL 514 Environmental Geophysics

Soil 514 Environmental Geophysics (3 cr)

This course will provide an introduction to near-surface geophysical techniques. The aim is to provide a solid foundation on physical principles used to non-invasively study characteristics and properties of the earth in general, and the shallow subsurface in particular. We will discuss applications ranging from eco-hydrology, precision agriculture, and civil engineering to archeology. The course consists of two parts. Lectures will provide a conceptual understanding of the theory and methods, and a field-based case study will apply these concepts collecting integrated geophysical data that will be processed and interpreted to introduce students to practical procedures and challenges in environmental geophysics. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

SOIL 515 Soil and Environmental Physics

Soil 515 Soil and Environmental Physics (3 cr)

See Soil J415/J515.

SOIL 525 Microbial Ecology

Soil 525 Microbial Ecology (4 cr)

See Soil J425/J525.

SOIL 526 Soil Mineralogy

Soil 526 Soil Mineralogy (3 cr)
Distribution and significance of common soil minerals; weathering and general reactivity as related to mineral structures; techniques of mineral identification including x-ray diffraction, chemical dissolution procedures, optical and electron microscopy. One lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

SOIL 527 Sustainable Food Systems

Soil J427/J527 Sustainable Food Systems (3 cr)

See Soil J427/J527.

SOIL 537 Soil Biochemistry

Soil 537 Soil Biochemistry (3 cr)

Origin, chemical structure, and significance of soil biochemical compounds. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Soil 422, Biol 380, Biol 250 or Permission

SOIL 547 Soil Fertility Mgt

Soil 547 (s) Soil Fertility Management (1-3 cr, max 3)

Philosophy of fertilizer recommendations based on soil and plant tissue testing; principles of fertilizer manufacture, placement, and use for improving plant growth. Recommended Preparation: Soil 446.

SOIL 597 Practicum

Soil 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)

SOIL 598 Internship

Soil 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

SOIL 599 Research

Soil 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

SOIL 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Soil 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)