Spring 2010

11:375:360 Soils and Water


Course Information

*    Class meets: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:55-12:15 PM at: ENR 223

*    Text: Brady, N. C. and R. R. Weil. 2009. Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils. Prentice Hall.

*      Instructor: Dr. Daniel Giménez,  240 ENR, gimenez@envsci.rutgers.edu


Course Objectives

*      To gain an understanding of the basic properties of soils,

*      To elucidate the interaction of biological, chemical, and physical processes that defines soil ecosystems and its impact on environmental processes.

*      To develop an appreciation of the effect of human interventions on soil properties and ecosystem properties.



Course objectives will be achieved through a lecture and laboratory format. The material included in the lectures has been selected and arranged to provide an understanding of the processes occurring in soil. The readings from the text and the laboratory exercises have been selected to provide a deeper understanding of the soil ecosystem than can be provided by two eighty-minute lectures per week. You will find that the material covered in lectures and laboratories does not necessarily duplicate the one presented in the text. You are responsible for developing a working knowledge from lecture, laboratory, and text materials.

The primary teaching method for this course is the lecture since that procedure appears to be the best means of presenting a mass of material in the time that we have allotted to study this subject together. This does not mean that we expect you to sit passively and record all of which has been said. Interaction during lecture is part of the learning process. Therefore, you are encouraged to ask questions during lectures. Questions will help you and your classmates to clear up any misconceptions gained from our presentations. Students are also encouraged to discuss the lecture material with the laboratory instructors. Your questions will also be our indicator of how clearly the subject matter has been presented. Should you have questions about the topic that require more analysis than we can provide in class, do not hesitate to arrange a meeting with us to discuss the material.

Information and Resources

*    Syllabus (including a laboratory schedule)

*      Sakai Website