The overall goal of the course is to introduce students to the range of common applications of soil science to prepare them for post-graduation employment. These include the following subjects:
Soil Morphology: basic aspects as they relate to the use of soils for building or waste application
Wetland Delineation: using soil properties and characteristics to determine if the area would be classified as a wetland, which has implications for how the land can be used.
On-Site Wastewater: covering the basics of septic systems including waste properties, system components and functions, and design based on soil properties.
Land Application of Wastes: many waste products are applied to soils, including biosolids, animal waste, and industrial byproducts, and where and how they can be applied will be covered.
Land Evaluation: this will build on earlier material in determining appropriate land uses based on soils present.
Stormwater Management: how soil properties influence the range of approaches to managing stormwater for quantity and quality.
Erosion and Sediment Control: this will cover the basics of the erosion process and standard practices for managing erosion, sediment, and turbidity on construction sites.