Course ID: AGRO 2244, Introductory Soil Science.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1103, General Chemistry 1, 3 hrs credit lecture and CHEM 1121 General Chemistry 1 Laboratory; and CHEM 1113 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, 3 hours lecture and CHEM 1131 General Chemistry Laboratory 2, 1 credit, 3 hours laboratory.
Text(s) and supplemental books and materials:
The Nature and Properties of Soils, 14th Ed. by Brady and Weil, Prentice Hall,
Laboratory Experiences for AGRO 2244, Soils. Rev. 2008 by Francis, UAM pub.
Professor’s name: Paul B. Francis, 460-1314,
Office hours: MWF 11-12, 4-5; TTh 10-12, 3-5 or by appointment.
Special policies statement:
1. Any student caught in an intentional, premeditated and blatant act of cheating on
any exam will be given the option of withdrawing from the course or receiving an
‘F’. This rule will be strictly enforced!
2. Attendance at all class functions is highly encouraged but not required.
Attendance records will be kept on file for the occasional request from student
loan representatives and potential employers. Please notify the instructor if you
will miss a class meeting so that it can be recorded as an excused absence.
3. Test make ups can be procured for legitimate reasons such as illness, death in the
family, official school functions, job interviews, or accidents. Please notify the
instructor within one week to arrange a time. NOTE: The make up test will
equivalent in content, not exact, in content than the original. ILLEGITAMATE
excuses are sporting trips, tests in other courses, ‘stress’, or any other similar
reason. Remember, it is your responsibility to take exams on scheduled dates and
do well on them. The make up test may be harder than the original!
Special dates of concern:
Oct. 3, last day to apply for May graduation (Seniors, take note!).
Nov. 5, last day to drop with a ‘W’.
Goals and objectives:
1. Understand the factors of soil formation and the role of each in unique soil
morphological, chemical and biological properties.
2. Know the definitions, influencing factors and measurement of basic soil physical
properties associated with texture, color, water, water movement, density,
aggregation, tilth, profile development, taxonomy, aeration and temperatures and
their effects on plant and soil management for sustained production and
3. Know the definitions, influencing factors and measurement of basic soil chemical
and biochemical properties associated with pH, colloids, mineralology, micro- and
macro-flora, organic matter and nutrients and their effects on plant and soil
management for sustained production and environmental integrity.
4. Understand the role of soil management with regard to best management
practices, sustainability, remediation, and environmentally sound production
of food, fuel, fiber and wildlife production.
5. Gain a greater appreciation for the role of soils in agriculture, society and human
and wildlife sustainability and health.
NOTE: The course objectives and teaching content are based on the American Society of Agronomy Council of Soil Science Examiners Fundamental Soil Science Performance Objectives. A complete listing of these learning objectives can be found at http://www.soils.org/csse/index.html.
Part I. Introduction to soils and soil physical properties.
Part II. Soil chemistry including clay mineralology.
Part III. Soil fertility and plant nutrition.
Part IV. Soil taxonomy and management.
Tentative Itinerary: estimated
Sub-Area Chapters no. lectures associated labs
1. Introduction to soils. 1 1 1
2. Soil physics. 4,5,6,7 5 2,3
3. Soil chemistry. 8,9,10 5 4,5,6,7,8
***TEST II. *** Mid-term hurricane!
4. Soil fertility and plant 13,14,15,16 4 7,8,9,10
5. Soil microbiology. 11,12 2 11
*** TEST III. *** Late season earth quake!
6. Soil taxonomy. 2,3 2 12,16
7. Soil management. 17,18,19,20 4 12,13,14
*** FINAL EXAM: *** TBA End of season tsunami!
Special Projects, Assignments, Field Trips:
Each student should obtain about one quart of a properly collected soil sample from a field, pasture, garden, or home lawn by the second laboratory meeting.
Provisions for tests and evaluations:
If you miss an exam for a legitimate reason, please inform the instructor within 5 days prior or after so that a makeup exam can be scheduled. In some situations, the missed points or make up exam may be added to the final exam. Examples of legitimate and illegitimate reasons are listed in course policy statement no. 3.
Grading policy: Three 100 pt lecture exams: 300 pts
One final exam: 100 pts
Laboratory exams, reports: 150 pts
Total pts.: 550 pts
Letter grade assignments: A: 495 + B: 440-494 C: 385-439 D: 330-384
NOTE: There will be approximately 30 extra credit points given in the form of take-home problems or in-class projects. Sorry, you must be present to win if it is an in-class project. Laboratory points are added to course sum.
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“The following action is prohibited under the Student 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.” NOTE. The above is a campus-wide policy required in all classes at UAM. A higher level of student behavior and professionalism will be required in AGRO 2244 laboratory experiences due to the presence of toxic and caustic compounds!