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Last approved: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:17:54 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:17:54 GMT

Formerly Known As: SSC 361

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SSC (Soil Science)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Role of Soils in Environmental Management
Soil & Environ Mgt
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Crop & Soil Science (11SSC)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Summer 1 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
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Component TypeContact Hours
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Richard A. McLaughlin

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture and Lab1515NoUsually have 12-15 students in the class.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: SSC 200
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
11SLDBS-11SLDSSCISoil and Land Development (BS): Soil ScienceRequired
11SLDBS-11SLDDEVSoil and Land Development (BS): Land DevelopmentRequired
11PSSBS-11PSSSSTPlant and Soil Sciences (BS): Soil ScienceRequired
11NATRLBS-11NATRLNRWNatural Resources (BS): Soil and Water SystemsRequired
11NATRLBS-11NATRLNRWNatural Resources (BS): Soil ResourcesRequired
Importance of soils in land application of municipal, industrial and agricultural wastes; onsite disposal of domestic wastewater; bioremediation of contaminated sites; erosion and sedimentation control; farm nutrient management; and nonpoint source water pollution.

This course is intended to be a capstone class to integrate many soil science concepts into the practical applications commonly used by professional soil scientists.  Most students enrolled are in their last year of their degree program.  There is some interest in graduate student participation as well.  Given these factors, it would seem to be more appropriate to be listed as a 400-level course.


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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
This course has been taught for many years using a team approach, with 2-4 faculty teaching sections pertaining to their specialty. In recent years, this has been David Lindbo teaching primarily soil factors in waste management and Rich McLaughlin teaching urban erosion and sediment control. With the departure of Dr. Lindbo, in 2016 the course will be taught by a combination of McLaughlin, Aziz Amoozegar, and Michael Vepraskas covering the topics in the syllabus, with a number of guest lecturers from consulting and government agencies. The current classroom and laboratory facilities, including the Lake Wheeler Field Laboratory, that have been used in the past will continue to be used.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

 Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

1. Identify the influence of soil properties that affect potential land uses.

2. Evaluate relevant information and interpret it to provide advice on land use.

3. Identify the regulatory framework behind using soil properties to determine allowable land uses.

4. Apply soil testing information to evaluate their influence on the stormwater practices which are                   implemented on developed sites.

5. Identify the erosion, sediment, and turbidity control regulations and practices for construction sites and how     these are applied. 

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Test60Three tests each worth 20% of grade for total of 60% of grade.
Quizzes14Quizzes, homework, and lab reports comprise 40% of grade, each weighted equally. One missed quiz, homework, or lab report, or the lowest grade, will be dropped from the average. Quizzes and homework assignments are done through Moodle.
Homework13Homework is usually either a reading assignment or a computer modeling exercise, with a report turned in a week after assignment.
Lab assignments13Each lab will require a report of either the activity or experimental results.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Soil MorphologyWeek 1Basic introduction to important characteristics of soil related to land uses with a laboratory reviewing soil texture, color, and other classification methods.
Wetland DelineationWeek 2Using soil morphology to determine when and where soils are considered wetland types, with a field trip to conduct a soil survey for this purpose.
On-site wastewaterWeeks 3-4Types and characteristics of septic systems and where they are appropriate as determined by soil and ground water properties. Tour of examples systems at the Lake Wheeler Field Laboratory.
Land Application of WastesWeeks 5-6Types and characteristics of waste materials which are applied to land, and the regulations that govern those applications as limited by soil properties. Field trips to waste application sites and example training area at Lake Wheeler Field Lab.
Land EvaluationWeeks 7-8Determining potential land uses based on soil properties and other land characteristics. Siting houses and septic systems for optimal development. Soil surveying laboratory at LWFL.
Stormwater ManagementWeeks 9-10How soil properties and land development activities affect stormwater quantity and quality. Examples of many types of standard and new practices to detain/retain stormwater and how they are affected by soil properties. Field tours of a number of these practices on and off campus.
Erosion and Sediment ControlWeeks 11-15Fundamentals of erosion processes and its prevention. Standard practices for sediment control including runoff and sediment load designs. Models used to predict erosion and sediment losses. Methods to improve sediment control and to reduce suspended sediment using chemical flocculation. Laboratories on erosion using a rainfall simulator, sediment control, and the selection of flocculants, and a field trip to a construction site.
This class is intended to get the students ready for the "real world" before graduation. Through a combination of practical knowledge provided by the instructors and guest lecturers who are working in various applications of soil science, we hope to give the students an idea of some ways their education can be applied.
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