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Last approved: Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:04:07 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:36:08 GMT

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FOR (Forestry)
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Dual-Level Course
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Forest Soils
Forest Soils
College of Natural Resources
Forestry (15FOR)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture2
Laboratory3
Course Attribute(s)


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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Rachel Cook and Zakiya Leggett
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoThis enrollment may go up in the future.
Laboratory2020NoThis enrollment may go up in the future.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisites: CH 101 & CH 102 and PB 200 or BIO 181

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
The course will evaluate how forest soils form in the natural environment, but also their relations to forest management and sustainability. Coursework includes soil physical, chemical, and biological properties, and also special topics such as soil fertility, soil formation, soil taxonomy and classification, soil organic matter management, and soil C and N cycles. There are many factors that contribute to forest soils differing from traditional cultivated soils. These factors will be explored in addition the variation in management styles for forest soils. The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of the basic properties and processes of forest soils as well as evaluate the role of these soils in sustainable forest management. Two Saturday Labs will be required.

Current forestry and natural resource majors need hands-on experience to better understand the connection between soil processes and natural resource management. A forest soils class would enhance the curriculum by focusing on ecosystems that relate directly to the student's field of study.  


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Agriculture and Life SciencesDavid Crouse
PB 200 or BIO 181, along with CH 101 are appropriate prerequisites. With the changes that have been made, I support the course moving forward for approval in the College of Natural Resources. I cannot predict if the CNR Courses and Curriculum Committee would have further red flags, but the proposal as it stands now would most likely pass through the CALS committee with little necessary change. The course will be a valuable addition to the College of Natural Resources academic program.
No additional resources required

The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of the basic properties and processes of forest soils as well as evaluate the role of these soils in sustainable forest management.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the students should be able to:


1. Identify available soils maps to utilize information for forest management goals and objectives.


2. Conduct field descriptions of forest soils.


3. Describe how soil water and nutrients can be managed for availability


4. Describe how soil-forming factors affect soil function and classify major soil groups.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Exam2002 Exams during the course
Lab assignments10515 pt for 7 labs
Oral Presentation1002 at 50 pts each
Final Exam200Cumulative
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see attached syllabus

yplee (Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:29:27 GMT): Rollback: Please make the changes that were emailed from Gary Blank and resubmit for committee review.
gblank (Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:38:44 GMT): Rollback: AS we talked about, revising for the 400 level with aim to piggyback 595 should be workable.
aeherget (Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:59:39 GMT): AECHH: Updated requisites field and uploaded updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 1/23/2018 & 1/24/2018.
aeherget (Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:14:44 GMT): AECHH: Changed assessment measures lab assignments to 7 assignments at 15 points each to match the syllabus per the instructor's request at Feb. 7, 2018, UCCC Meeting.
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