Soil Science Minor; Land, Air & Water Resources

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

Faculty. http://lawr.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty

Major Programs. See the Soils and Biogeochemistry track in Environmental Science and Management.

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, Soils and Biogeochemistry Program, offers a minor program in soil science. The minor is especially geared toward students in the environmental sciences including Hydrologic Science, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Toxicology, Ecological Management and Restoration, International Agricultural Development, Crop Science and Management, Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry, Geology, and Plant Biology.

Graduate Study. Programs of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Soils & Biogeochemistry are available. Information regarding these programs can be obtained from the graduate advisor, at http://soils.ucdavis.edu/ and in the Graduate Announcement. See also Graduate Studies.

Minor Advisor. R.J. Southard (Land, Air and Water Resources)


Soil Science
Units: 21
SSC 100
Principles of Soil Science (Active)
5
Choose 16 units:
 
SSC 102
Environmental Soil Chemistry (Active)
3
SSC 105
Field Studies of Soils in California Ecosystems (Active)
5
SSC 107
Soil Physics (Active)
5
SSC 109
Sustainable Nutrient Management (Active)
4
SSC 111
Soil Microbiology (Active)
4
SSC 118
Soils in Land Use and the Environment (Active)
4
SSC 120
Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification (Active)
5
PLS 158
Mineral Nutrition of Plants (Active)
4
HYD 124
Plant-Water-Soil Relationships (Active)
4
HYD 134
Aqueous Geochemistry (Active)
6
Total: 21

Questions pertaining to the following courses should be directed to the instructor, to the Resource Sciences Teaching Center in 1150 Plant and Environmental Sciences Building 530-752-1603.

Courses in SSC:

SSC 010Soils in Our Environment (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Independent Study. Class size limited to 90 students. Soils in our global ecosystem; soils as natural bodies formed by interactive environmental processes; soil response to use and management; sustainable use of soil resources; role of soils in agricultural and environmental issues; role of soils in our daily lives. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
SSC 092Soil Science Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. Work experience off and on campus in soil science. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 100Principles of Soil Science (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): College-level courses in each of chemistry, physics, biology, and geology recommended. Soil as part of natural and managed ecosystems and landscapes. Solid, liquid, and gas phases and their interactions in the soil. Water, gas and heat movement in soil. Soil biology. Plant nutrient acquisition and use.Soil development, management and use. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
SSC 102Environmental Soil Chemistry (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): General chemistry; SSC 100 or equivalent recommended. Soil chemistry processes related to the fate and transport of contaminants in soil. Soil minerals, natural organic matter, surface charge, soil solution chemistry, redox reactions in soil, and sorption of inorganic and organic contaminants. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
SSC 105Field Studies of Soils in California Ecosystems (5) Active
Prerequisite(s): SSC 100 and SSC 120 or equivalent recommended. Class size limited to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 24 students. Field-based studies of soils in California ecosystems, away from campus, throughout California. Emphasis on description and classification of soils; relationships among soils, vegetation, geology, and climate; physical, chemical, and biological processes in soils on the landscape; and the role of soils in land use. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL, WE. Effective: 2005 Summer Special Session.
SSC 107Soil Physics (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SSC 100; ERS 100; MAT 016A; Or the equivalent of MAT 016A. Physical properties of soil. Principles of water, gas, heat, and solute movement in soil with selected examples related to soil and water management. Influence of soil properties on transfer processes. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 1999 Fall Quarter.
SSC 109Sustainable Nutrient Management (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SSC 100; Or the equivalent. Availability of nutrients in organic and conventional agricultural, vineyard, orchard and plantation forest soils; management of fertilizers, cover crops, compost, sewage sludge and manures for crop production and to prevent loss to the environment is emphasized. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL, VL, WE. Effective: 2008 Spring Quarter.
SSC 111Soil Microbiology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): BIS 002C recommended. Major groups of microorganisms in soil, their interrelationships, and their responses to environmental variables. Role of microorganisms in cycling of nutrients. Plant-microbe relationships. Transformations of organic and inorganic pollutants. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
SSC 112Soil Ecology (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SSC 100 or equivalent recommended. Overview of living constituents of soils, their interactions, importance to, and impact on biogeochemical cycles, decomposition, and soil properties. Practical applications of soil biological diversity are emphasized. (Letter.) GE credit: SE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
SSC 118Soils in Land Use and the Environment (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. SSC 100 or equivalent recommended. Soils are considered as elements in land use planning and environmental quality. Topics include: soil survey reports, remote sensing, land capability classification, soil erosion/conservation, waste disposal on soils and soil reclamation. One one-day field trip. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
SSC 120Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification (5) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SSC 100; GEL 050 recommended. Recognition and description of soils; chemical, biological and physical processes of soil formation. Factors of soil formation. Interactions of soils with diverse ecosystems. Introduction to soil classification. Practice using soil taxonomy. Practical experience describing soil properties in the field. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 192Soil Science Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Completion of 84 units. Work experience off and on campus in soil science. Internship supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 202Topics in Advanced Soil Chemistry (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. General chemistry; SSC 100 or equivalent recommended. Restricted to 18 students. Reviews of current research in soil chemistry. Topics include double layer theory; clay mineral and oxide surface chemistry; adsorption on soil surfaces; speciation and modeling of solution ions; solubility and mineral stability diagrams. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) if topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
SSC 205Field Studies of Soils in California Ecosystems (5) Active
Fieldwork—50 hour(s); Discussion—15 hour(s); Lecture—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SSC 100 and SSC 120 or equivalent recommended. Class size limited to 24 students. Field-based soil studies in California ecosystems. Description and classification of soils; relationships among soils, vegetation, geology, and climate; physical, chemical, and biological processes; their role in land use. Similar to course 105; requires additional work for graduate credit. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) if geographic locale changes. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Spring Quarter.
SSC 208Soil-Plant Interrelationships (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SSC 100; PLB 111; or Consent of Instructor. Plant needs, occurrence and reactions of water and mineral nutrients in soils; root systems and their growth in soils; mass flow and diffusion mechanisms in nutrient acquisition; models relating nutrient uptake to soil and plant characteristics;nutrient assimilation and crop quality. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 211Advanced Soil Microbiology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CHE 008A; CHE 008B; SSC 111; BIS 102, BIS 103 or an equivalent course recommended. Microbial metabolism of organic chemicals in soil, both natural and xenobiotic. Decomposition of organic matter. Kinetics of microbial processes in soil. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 219Ecosystem Biogeochemistry (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Introductory courses in ecology/biology and soils recommended; undergraduates accepted with consent of instructor. Multidisciplinary analysis of energy and nutrient transfers within terrestrial ecosystems. Examination of processes and inter- and intra-system interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere. Laboratory section uses biogeochemical simulation models to examine case studies. (Same course as ECL 219.) (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 220Pedology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. SSC 120 recommended. Topics selected from studies of soil-forming processes, soil-geomorphic relations, mineral weathering, new developments in soil classification, and development of pedologic theory. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated once for credit. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 222Global Carbon Cycle (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CHE 008A; CHE 008B; MAT 016A; MAT 016B; SSC 100; Or the equivalent of SSC 100. Global carbon cycle from Phanerozoic epoch to modern times. Examination of long and short-term carbon cycles. Transfer of carbon among ocean, land and life with emphasis on humic substance formation, methods of characterization, reactions with organics and soil carbon stabilization. (Letter.) Effective: 2008 Summer Session 1.
SSC 290Special Topics in Soil Science (1-4) Active
Seminar—1-4 hour(s); Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Seminars and critical review of problems, issues, and research in soil science. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2010 Fall Quarter.
SSC 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Group Study May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
SSC 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SSC 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.