This course will acquaint students with basic concepts, principles, components, measurements, and evaluation of soil quality and its management for sustainable agriculture. Soil quality is the capacity of the soil to function within the ecosystem boundaries to sustain biological productivity, maintain environmental quality, and promote plant and animal health. In this course, state-of-the-art studies on soil quality and the principles, assessment and management of soil quality are examined with respect to biological production, plant and animal health, food security, and environmental quality. After studying this course, the students should be able to understand basic principles of soil quality and to analyze and evaluate soil quality related to agricultural production and environmental quality.
Credits: 3 Semesters Offered: Fall of even years Prerequisites: SWS 5050 (Soils for Environmental Professionals)
Textbook: None required. Reference books, journal articles, and related information links are provided on course website.