COURSE I.D.:  AGEN 2363 Soil and Water Conservation


COURSE PREREQUISITES:  Sophomore standing.


TEXT:  ‘Soil and Water Conservation for Productivity and Environmental Protection, 4th Ed.

               By F. R. Troeh, J. A. Hobbs, and R. L. Donahue.  NOTE: this is a required text.


INSTRUCTOR’S NAME:  Paul B. Francis, AG 103, 870/460-1314,


OFFICE HOURS:  MWF 8-10, 11-12; TTh 11-12, 1-3 or by appointment.



All students are expected to attend all class functions.  There will be a couple of extended off-campus field trips in addition to the assigned lecture and laboratory times.  Students should adhere to the UAM Student Conduct Code located on the web at the UAM home page:  Follow the links ‘Current Students’ > ‘Student Handbook’.  Cheating and plagiarism will NOT be tolerated and violations will result in an ‘F’ for the course.  Additionally, turn off cell phones in class and avoid disruptive and offensive behavior.  It is possible to make up an exam if arrangements are made within a week of absence.  Otherwise, missed points will be added to the final, comprehensive exam. 



Jan. 21 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Feb. 22 – Deadline to apply for August and December Graduation.

March 17-21 – Spring Break.

April 2 – Last day to drop with a ‘W’.

April 7 – Pre-registration for summer and fall begins.

April 24 – Last day to withdraw from a class.

April 29 – Last day of classes.

***   April 30 – FINAL EXAM, 10:30 – 11:30.   ***



The overall goal of this course is to teach the student the importance and methods for conserving soil productivity and water resources.  The student will understand the detrimental effects of erosion, sedimentation, eutrophication, soil wetness, wetland destruction, and pollution on society.  Science-based techniques for sustainable soil and water management will be taught.  The student will also become familiar with the latest technology and analytical procedures used in soil and water management planning and implementation.  Hands-on experience with selected instruments and analytical procedures will be offered.  Additionally, the student will learn the latest state, regional, national, and international governmental and private agencies involved in soil and water conservation and current programs available for land owners, managers, and consultants. 





                                                                                                            AGEN 2363 syllabus, p. 2.



Weeks 1-4: UNIT I. Chpts. 1-5.  Introductions/definitions, soil erosion and society, the three

            types of erosion: geologic, water, and wind. 

Weeks 5-9: UNIT II. Chpts. 6-9 + supplemental materials handed out.  Predicting soil loss, soil

            surveys and GIS applications use in land management, cropping/tillage systems and their

            effects on soil erosion, water quality, and long-term soil productivity, and design and

            layout of basic conservation practices such as broadbase terraces and grassed waterways.

Weeks 10-13:  UNIT III. Chpts. 10-17 + supplemental materials.  Conservation structures,

            renovating drastically disturbed lands such as strip and land-fills, non-row crop land

            management, water conservation and irrigation efficiency, and soil drainage.

Weeks 14-15:  UNIT IV. Chpts. 18-20.  Economics of soil and water conservation and sources of

            technical and financial support, governmental and private soil and water conservation

            agencies and organizations, and international efforts at soil and water conservation. 



There will be a variety of supplemental assignments, tasks, and at least one half-day field trip

to the Delta Conservation and Demonstration Center at Metcalf, MS (adjacent to the Greeneville, MS airport).  Some projects are either individual or group efforts for laboratory credit, and a few projects will be offered for extra credit opportunities.  Examples of projects tentatively scheduled are:  measuring distances, benchmark leveling, predicting soil loss, broad base terrace layout, soil survey use, digitized map and soil survey data, GIS applications in conservation planning, calculating the P-index for land applications of poultry litter, using the Arkansas irrigation scheduler irrigation program, research reports on projects at the DCDC, and other projects as opportunities permit.



There will be three, 100 pt lecture exams at the end of UNITS I, II, and III.  These will not be comprehensive.  The final exam will be comprehensive and worth 100 pts.  Special projects, usually performed or initiated during assigned laboratory times, will be worth 100 pts.  Approximately 20 graded extra point opportunities will also be available.  In summary:

            Three, 100 pt, lecture exams               300 pts                        Grading:          A: 450 pts +

            One, 100 pt, final exam                      100 pts                                                B: 400-449

            Special projects                                   100 pts                                                C: 350-399

                                                            Total    500 pts                                                D: 300-349


It is the policy of the University of Arkansas at Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities pursuant to federal law and the University’s commitment to equal educational opportunities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any necessary accommodations at the beginning of the course.  Any student requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Special Student Services located in Harris Hall Room 120; phone 870 460-1026; TDD 870 460-1626; Fax 870 460-1926.  For assistance on a College of Technolgy campus contact: McGehee: Office of Special Student Services representative on campus; phone 870 222-5360; Fax 870 222-1105.  Crossett: Office of Special Student Services representative on campus; phone 870 364-6414; Fax 870 364-5707.  AA Dox. 8/14/07.


Conduct Code:  Disorderly Conduct: Any behavior which disrupts the regular or normal functions of the University community, including behavior which breaches the peace or violates the rights of others.