Fundamentals of soils including origin, composition and classification; their physical, chemical, and biological properties; significance of these properties to soil-plant relationships and soil management.
Message From Instructor
Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to: Describe the important role of the soil in the environment and its contributions to both agricultural and non-agricultural systems; communicate clearly using the common terms used by soil scientists; describe the fundamental physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties of soils, interactions among these properties, and their effects on plant growth, soil management, the hydrologic cycle and carbon cycle.
This class may be scheduled with a small percentage of seats held for “NDS Students Only.”
A separate lab/problem session is recommended, but not required. (SSC201: Soil Science Laboratory is not required for the successful completion of SSC200, but provides an excellent hands-on learning opportunity that reinforces the theory learned in lecture. SSC201 may be required of your degree program.)
NC State Campus Visits
Proctored exams are required (see Testing Information).
Proctored exams are required. Exams will be administered at DELTA Testing Services. Students living more than 50 miles from campus may petition for off-campus exam administration. Contact DELTA Testing Services for additional information. Approval for off-campus exam administration is at the instructors discretion.
Exams (total of 4), other requirements (In addition to the three regular exams and the comprehensive final exam, students will complete nine quizzes.)
Learning Management System
Moodle – This class uses Moodle, which is accessed through WolfWare.
PLEASE NOTE: Access to the website(s) may be restricted to registered students or not available until the start of the semester.
Additional Technology Requirements
NC State Email – Students are required to use their University email address via https://mail.google.com/a/ncsu.edu. This is the only one the University will use to send official email communications.
REQUIRED: Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils by Brady & Weil. Third Edition. 2009. Prentice Hall. ISBN# 978-0135014332. (Cost: $90)
NOTE: Textbook prices are based on new book cost information received from the NC State Bookstores.
Tuition & Fees
Please visit https://online-distance.ncsu.edu/cost/ for information on distance education tuition and fees.
There may be additional fees associated with student identity verification for students who take remotely proctored exams.
Soil Science UG Certificate