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SWS 3022: INTRODUCTION TO SOILS 
IN THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Instructor:

James Bonczek
Senior Lecturer and 
Undergraduate Coordinator
(352) 294-3112
bonczek@ufl.edu

About the Course

This course emphasizes soil physical, chemical and biological properties in relation to plant growth, the environment, and the soil's place in our daily lives. The course is intended to introduce students to the importance of soils to humans and the environment through study of their morphology, physical and chemical properties, their distribution, and their biological significance. Each student who successfully completes the course should have a practical understnanding of the following:

  • Properties common to all or most soils on various scales
  • Vocabulary to communicate with agricultural and environmental professionals
  • Management strategies for different soils
  • Problem solving skills to manage soils effectively
  • The importance of soils in sustaining life
  • The impact of soils on environmental quality

Credits: 3
Semesters Offered: Fall (UFO only)
General Education Requirement Course: P (Physical Sciences)

Prerequisites: None
TextbookElements of the Nature and Properties of Soils by Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Weil. 3rd Edition.