L19 EPSc 413 Introduction to Soil Science

Physical, chemical and biological processes that occur within soil systems. Types of soils and how these relate to soil formation. Major components of soil, including soil water, minerals, organic matter and microorganisms. Soils in wetlands and arid regions. Cycling of nutrients and contaminants in soils. Soil quality, conservation and sustainability. Two one-day field trips required. Prerequisite: EPSc 323 or Chem 112A (or AP Chem score of 4), or permission of instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: NS A&S IQ: NSM Art: NSM

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Environmental Studies


...or permission of instructor. Same as L19 EPSc 413 Credit 3 units. A&S : NS...

Earth and Planetary Sciences


For students interested in studying the world beneath their feet, or worlds farther away, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences provides the tools for understanding the processes that shape our planet and other bodies within the solar system. Understanding the Earth system is also the key to addressing many environmental challenges, including climate change, water supply, and energy issues. An E arth scientist is uniquely poised to help solve some of society's most pressing problems. Because planets are complex systems, Earth and planetary sciences is by necessity an interdisciplinary field. It applies biology, chemistry, physics and math to the investigation of topics such as early life on Earth, the structure of the Earth's deep interior, the nature of contaminant transport, and the surfaces of other planetary bodies.