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Soil Science (SOIL)

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USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

2010. Introduction to Soil Science. 4. [(none)<>SE] Introduces soil ecological processes and management in terrestrial environments. Discusses interaction of soil, biological, chemical, morphological, and physical properties with land management in wild land and agricultural ecosystems. Emphasis is on plant response to soil conditions. Prerequisites: CHEM 1000 or CHEM 1020.

3000. Irrigated Agriculture. 3. Study of the complexity of plant/soil water relationships and its importance on irrigation. Soil and water relations, reference/crops evapotranspiration and management of the water balance. Principles of chemigation, computer modeling/monitoring included. Methods for irrigation scheduling and the importance of water use efficiency as a strategy for water conservation. Cross listed with PLNT 3000. Prerequisites: MATH 1400, SOIL 2010.

3130. Environmental Quality. 3. Introduction to environmental quality issues and events. Course emphasizes impacts to soil, water, atmospheric, and vegetative ecosystems due to different nutrients and contaminants, including nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, trace elements, and organic chemicals. Current information pertaining to environmental quality is discussed and a field trip to the Union Pacific Tie Plant. Cross listed with ENR 3130. Prerequisite: complete at least 1 University Studies Science course SB, SP or SE. (Offered fall semester)

4100. Soil Physics. 3. [M3<>(none)] Examines forms and interrelations of matter and energy in the soil environment. Primarily addresses fluxes and transformations of soil water and solutes, as well as physical properties that influence soil productivity. Dual listed with SOIL 5100. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010 or equivalent introductory soils course. (Offered spring semester)

4105. Soil Physics Laboratory. 2. Teaches students the methodology and use of equipment to measure soil physical properties in the laboratory and field. Experiments include particle size analysis, soil surface area, soil-water measurement with neutron probe and TDR, field infiltration rate, soil-water retention curve, soil pore size distribution saturated and unsaturated conductivities, soil water potential and solute breakthrough curve. Dual listed with SOIL 5105. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010.

4120. Genesis, Morphology and Classification of Soils. 4. Processes of soil development and methods of description, survey and classification. Includes field trips which examine soils in the Laramie Basin and surrounding mountains. Dual listed with SOIL 5120. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010. (Offered fall semester)

4130. Chemistry of the Soil Environment. 3. [M3<>(none)] Introduction to the chemical properties and reactions that occur in the soil environment. Fundamental principles of soil mineralogy, organic matter and equilibrium chemistry as they relate to soil chemical reactions, plant nutrient availability and pedogenetic processes will be emphasized. Dual listed with SOIL 5130. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010, CHEM 1030 or CHEM 1060. (Offered spring semester)

4135. Soil Chemistry Laboratory. 2. Laboratory techniques and methods of analysis will be used to examine soils, sediments, and water chemical characteristics and reactions. Experiments will include data analysis, computer models, nutrient and contaminant characteristics, mineral properties, soil/sediment oxidation-reduction reactions as well as others. Students will be required to develop a soil chemistry experiment in their area of interest. Dual listed with SOIL 5135. Prerequisite: completion or concurrent enrollment in SOIL 4130/5130 or GEOL 4777.

4140. Soil Microbiology. 4. Fundamental principles of soil microbiology and how they relate to microbial ecology, environmental contamination, agriculture and forestry. Dual listed with SOIL 5140; cross listed with MICR 4140. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010

4150. Forest and Range Soils. 3. Characteristics and management of forest and range soils primarily in arid environments. Examines pedagogical units representative of forests and ranges and soil properties, such as nutrient availability and water relations that influence plant growth. Dual listed with SOIL 5150. Prerequisites: SOIL 2010. (Normally offered fall semester)

4160. Soil Fertility and Fertilizers. 3. Physical, chemical and biological aspects of soils that impact fertilizer fate, uptake and plant growth. Dual listed with SOIL 5160. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010. (Normally offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

4535. Soil Biogeochemistry. 3. Focuses on fundamental considerations of organic substances, microbiological systems, and chemical processes in soils, sediments and waters. Examination of the nature and origin or organic matter and the role of microorganisms in organic nutrient transformations, reactions, and interactions in different ecosystems. Dual listed with SOIL 5535. Prerequisites: SOIL 2010, completion of courses in introductory college chemistry and biology, and consent of instructor(s).

4565. Research: Soil Science. 1-4 (Max. 6). Library, laboratory, and/or green-house investigations on select research topics. Graduate students will be required to give a presentation to the soil science group on their final product/report. Dual listed with SOIL 5565. Prerequisite: basic training in soil science research.

5100. Soil Physics. 3. Examines the forms and interrelations of matter and energy in the soil environment. Fluxes and transformations of soil water and solutes are addressed primarily, as well as physical properties which influence soil productivity. Dual listed with SOIL 4100. Prerequisite: MATH 2310.

5105. Soil Physics Laboratory. 2. Students learn methodology and use of equipment to measure soil physical properties in the laboratory and field. Experiments include particle size analysis, soil surface area, soil-water measurement with neutron probe and TDR, field infiltration rate, soil-water retention curve, soil pore size distribution, saturated and unsaturated conductivity, soil water potential and solute breakthrough curve. Dual listed with SOIL 4105. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010.

5110. Modeling Water and Chemical Transport in Vasoe Zone and Groundwater Systems. 4. Mathematical models will be formulated and applied to simulate water flow and chemical transport in soil and groundwater systems. Soil spatial variability and heterogeneity will be considered in the modeling processes. Using and comparing models, students will obtain the capability to transfer a physical problem to a mathematical model, to use numerical methods, such as the finite element method, to solve the mathematical problem, and to correctly interpret the numerical outputs. Students will develop and program numerical solutions for select problems and will utilize existing codes for modeling a variety of comprehensive problems. Cross listed with MATH 5110.

5120. Genesis, Morphology, and Classification of Soils. 4. Processes of soil development and methods of description, survey and classification. Includes field trips which examine soils in the Laramie Basin and surrounding mountains. Dual listed with SOIL 4120. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010.

5130. Chemistry of the Soil Environment. 3. Evaluation of the chemical and physical properties and reactions that occur in the soil environment. Fundamental principles of soil mineralogy, organic matter, and equilibrium chemistry as they relate to soil chemical reactions, plant nutrient availability, and pedogenetic processes will be emphasized. Dual listed with SOIL 4130. Prerequisite: MATH 1400, CHEM 1030 or CHEM 1060 and SOIL 2010.

5135. Soil Chemistry Laboratory. 2. Laboratory techniques and methods of analysis are used to examine soils, sediments, and water chemical characteristics and reactions. Experiments include data analysis, computer models, nutrient and contaminant characteristics, mineral properties, soil/sediment oxidation-reduction reactions as well as others. Students are required to develop a soil chemistry experiment in their area of interest. Dual listed with SOIL 4135. Prerequisite: completion or concurrent enrollment in SOIL 4130/5130 or GEOL 4777/5777.

5140. Soil Microbiology. 4. Fundamental principles of soil microbiology and how they relate to microbial ecology, environmental contamination, agriculture and forestry. Dual listed with SOIL 4140; cross listed with MICR 5140. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010

5150. Forest and Range Soils. 3. Characteristics and management of forest and range soils primarily in arid environments. Examines pedagogical units representative of forest and ranges and soil properties, such as nutrient availability and water relations, which influence plant growth. Dual listed with SOIL 4150. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010 and LIFE 2020.

5160. Soil Fertility and Fertilizers. 3. Physical, chemical and biological aspects of soils which impact fertilizer fate, uptake and plant growth. Dual listed with SOIL 4160. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010.

5430. Applied Geostatics. 3. Designed to provide general geostatistical analyses and their applications for spatial random variables and functions. Topics covered include variogram, cross validation, kriging, cokriging, sampling strategies, and both non-conditional and conditional simulations. Several geostatistics packages are used to analyze real field data and students are encouraged to use their own data for practicing geostatistical applications. Examples are taken from geohydrology, soil science, crop science, mining, and various environmental studies. Cross listed with GEOL/STAT 5430. Prerequisite: STAT 4020.

5510. Advanced Soil Genesis and Classification. 3. In-depth evaluation of the science of pedology, the philosophy and implementation of soil classification in the U.S. and world, and the formation of soils in different environments. Prerequisite: SOIL 5120 and graduate standing.

5535. Soil Biogeochemistry. 3. Focuses on fundamental considerations of organic substances, microbiological systems, and chemical processes in soils, sediments and waters. Examination of the nature and origin of organic matter and the role microorganisms in organic nutrient transformations, reactions, and interactions in different ecosystems. Dual listed with SOIL 4535. Prerequisite: SOIL 2010 and consent of instructor.

5565. Research in  Soil Science. 1-4 (Max. 6). Library, laboratory, and/or greenhouse investigations on select research topics. Graduate students will be required to give a presentation to the soil science group on their final product/report. Dual listed with SOIL 4465. Prerequisite: Basic training in soil science research. SOIL 5565 reserved for graduate students.

5590. Special Topics in Soil Science. 1-3 (Max. 6). Special topics in soil science. Offered as an individual or small group basis as appropriate. Intended to accommodate various specialized subjects not offered on a regular basis. Students may enroll in more than one section of this course. Dual listed with SOIL 4590. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

5720. Graduate Seminar. 1 (Max. 6). Review and discussion of recent soil research. Prerequisite: basic training in the field of problem selected and consent of instructor.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5920. Continuing Registration:On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project.  Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate degree program.

5980. Dissertation Research. 1-12 (Max. 48). Graduate level course designed for students who are involved in research for their dissertation project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their dissertation. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate level degree program.

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