This course is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in basic principles of soil physics and soil hydrology. The goal is to provide student with a deep understanding of the theoretical and practical basis of physical properties and processes in soil. Topics covered include:
General physical characterization of soils
Soil water content and potential
Soil water balance and water retention
Infiltration and hydraulic conductivity
Flow of water in saturated and unsaturated soil
Plant available water and root water uptake
Solute and contaminant transport and mechanisms
Soil temperature and heat flow
Students will receive hands-on training in measuring soil physical and hydraulic properties and processes in laboratory and field settings, work with state-of-the-art sensors and data acquisition systems, computer models, process and interpret data using relevant software, and writing scientific reports. Students will obtain skills applicable to soil science, water science, agronomy, hydrology, ecology, environmental science, and other related disciplines.
Credits: 3 Semesters Offered: Spring General Education Requirement: P (Physical Science)
Prerequisites: SWS 5050, CHM 2040, PHY 2004, MAC 2312 Textbook: Environmental Soil Physics, by Daniel Hillel, 1998. Academic Press, Inc. San Diego, California.