SOIL SCI 1 — COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/CO-OP IN SOIL SCIENCE

1 credit.

Full-time off-campus work experience which combines classroom theory with practical knowledge of operations to provide students with a background upon which to base a professional career. Students receive credit only for the term in which they are actively enrolled and working. The same work experience may not count towards credit in Soil Science 399.

SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST  101 — FORUM ON THE ENVIRONMENT

1-2 credits.

Lectures and discussions about environmental issues. Historical and contemporary environmental impacts of humans on the biosphere. Global futures: population, technology, societal values, resources and prospects for sustainable management.

SOIL SCI/​ATM OCN  132 — EARTH'S WATER: NATURAL SCIENCE AND HUMAN USE

3 credits.

Water is central to the functioning of planet Earth. As humans increase their impact on Earth's systems and cohabitants, our understanding of the multiple roles of water becomes critical to finding sustainable strategies for human and exosystem health. This course explores the science of Earth's hydrosphere, with constant attention to human uses and impacts. Open to Fr

SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST/​GEOG  230 — SOIL: ECOSYSTEM AND RESOURCE

3 credits.

Soils are fundamental to ecosystem science. A systems approach is used to investigate how soils look and function. Topics investigated include soil structure, biology, water, fertility, and taxonomy as well as the human impact on the soil environment.

SOIL SCI 289 — HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-2 credits.

INTER-AG 288

SOIL SCI 299 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.

SOIL SCI 301 — GENERAL SOIL SCIENCE

4 credits.

Physical chemical and biological properties of soils as they affect soil-plant-water relations, soil classification and suitability for agricultural and other uses.

SOIL SCI 305 — FIELD STUDY OF SOIL

1 credit.

Intensive in situ description and evaluation of soil morphology. Field trips required.

SOIL SCI 321 — SOILS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

3 credits.

Sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in soils and associated water and air environments. Emphasis on the chemical behavior of elements and compounds and the phenomena affecting natural and anthropogenic materials in soils.

SOIL SCI 322 — PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES OF SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT

3 credits.

Soil physical properties and interactions as related to soil and water resource management and conservation. Water runoff (leading to soil erosion and surface water contamination); tillage and nutrient management; soil thermal and moisture regimes; solute movement; soil compaction, air and aeration.

SOIL SCI/​PL PATH  323 — SOIL BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Nature, activities and role of organisms inhabiting soil. Effects of soil biota on ecosystem function, response to cultural practices, and impacts on environmental quality, including bioremediation of contaminated soils.

SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST  324 — SOILS AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

3 credits.

Interaction of soils with environmental contaminants and the role of soils in pollution control.

SOIL SCI 325 — SOILS AND LANDSCAPES

3 credits.

Learn how to read the landscape and understand the relationships between soils, land use and landform. Discuss soil- forming factors, soil processes, soil classification, the 12 soil orders, soil survey and mapping. We will make several field trips and attendance is essential and required.

SOIL SCI/​AGRONOMY/​HORT  326 — PLANT NUTRITION MANAGEMENT

3 credits.

Functions, requirements and uptake of essential plant nutrients; chemical and microbial processes affecting nutrient availability; diagnosis of plant and soil nutrient status; fertilizers and efficient fertilizer use in different tillage systems.

SOIL SCI/​HORT  332 — TURFGRASS NUTRIENT AND WATER MANAGEMENT

3 credits.

Nutrient requirements of turfgrasses; nature of turfgrass response to fertilization; soil and tissue testing methodology and interpretation; irrigation scheduling; irrigation water quality; use of irrigation and fertilizer to minimize environmental impact; writing effective nutrient management plans.

SOIL SCI/​AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​HORT/​PL PATH  354 — DIAGNOSING AND MONITORING PEST AND NUTRIENT STATUS OF FIELD CROPS

1 credit.

This course is designed to provide students with information necessary to diagnosis and monitor corn, soybean, alfalfa and wheat for pests (insects, weeds, diseases) and nutrient deficiency symptoms including perspectives from Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science. Proper soil and pest sampling information will be provided as will proper crop staging techniques which are essential for pest and nutrient management.

SOIL SCI/​AGRONOMY/​BOTANY  370 — GRASSLAND ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Understand factors driving global, continental, regional, and local distribution of grasslands. Discuss how management affects provision of grassland ecosystem goods and services. Compare and contrast plant community and ecosystem dynamics in native prairie and intensively managed pastures.

SOIL SCI/​BSE/​CIV ENGR  372 — ON-SITE WASTE WATER TREATMENT AND DISPERSAL

2 credits.

On-site treatment and dispersal of waste water from homes, commercial sources and small communities. Sources, pretreatment units, nutrient removal units, constructed wetlands, surface and soil dispersal systems, recycle and reuse systems, regulations, alternative collection systems.

SOIL SCI 375 — SPECIAL TOPICS

1-6 credits.

SOIL SCI 399 — COORDINATIVE INTERNSHIP/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

1-8 credits.

SOIL SCI 400 — STUDY ABROAD IN SOIL SCIENCE

1-6 credits.

Provides an area equivalency for courses taken on Madison Study Abroad Programs that do not equate to existing UW courses. W.-Madison Study Abroad Program

SOIL SCI/​MICROBIO  425 — ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY

3 credits.

Microbial interactions in soils, water, extreme environments and biofilms. Modern methods for studying microbial ecology. role of microbes in nutrient cycles and biogeochemistry. Use of microbes for mitigating manmade environmental problems of industrial, agricultural, and domestic origin.

SOIL SCI 431 — SOILS OF THE WORLD

1 credit.

A overview of the soils of the world and the grand environmental challenges that face humanity. Soils of the USA and Wisconsin included.

SOIL SCI/​F&W ECOL  451 — ENVIRONMENTAL BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

3 credits.

Emphasis is given to a consideration of the processes influencing the distribution and cycling of chemical elements in native and anthropogenic ecosystem-level cycles of elements, and biogeochemical cycling in major soil-biome systems.

SOIL SCI/​AN SCI/​DY SCI/​ENVIR ST  468 — MANAGING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS

2 credits.

Introduces nonpoint pollution policies and regulations and environmental losses impacting air and water quality. Discuss management practices that influence the cycling and balance of nitrogen and phosphorus across a farm and its components (livestock, crop and soil).

SOIL SCI/​AN SCI/​DY SCI/​FOOD SCI  472 — ANIMAL AGRICULTURE AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

1 credit.

This course examines issues related to global agriculture and healthy sustainable development. Using a regional approach and focusing on crops and livestock case studies, students will learn the interdependence between US agriculture and agriculture in emerging economies. Some topics covered include population and food, immigration, the environment; crop and livestock agriculture; global trade; sustainability; food security, the role of women in agriculture, and the role of dairy products in a healthy diet.

SOIL SCI/​AN SCI/​DY SCI/​FOOD SCI  473 — INTERNATIONAL FIELD STUDY IN ANIMAL AGRICULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

2 credits.

This course is the field study component to DY SCI/​AN SCI/​FOOD SCI/​SOIL SCI  472, which examines issues related to global agriculture and healthy sustainable development. Using a regional approach and focusing on crops and livestock case studies, students will learn the interdependence between US agriculture and agriculture in emerging economies. Some topics covered include population and food, immigration, the environment; crop and livestock agriculture; global trade; sustainability; and the role of women in agriculture and the role of dairy products in a healthy diet.

SOIL SCI 499 — SOIL MANAGEMENT

3 credits.

A capstone applying independent and team problem solving, critical thinking and oral and written communication skills to issues in soil science.

SOIL SCI/​MICROBIO  523 — SOIL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

3 credits.

Transformations of nutrients and contaminants in soils and groundwater by microorganisms: emphasis on enzymatic mechanisms and metabolic pathways. Approaches for analyzing microbial populations and activities including molecular techniques. Applications of microbial activities for bioremediation of contaminated soils and groundwater.

SOIL SCI/​F&W ECOL/​HORT  524 — URBAN SOIL AND ENVIRONMENT

3 credits.

Many environmental issues related to urbanization are derived from the manipulation of soil. By coupling contemporary literature in urban soils with soil science, students will be able to evaluate environmental issues within the urban environment and provide new ways of remediating their impact.

SOIL SCI/​GEOG  525 — SOIL GEOMORPHOLOGY

3 credits.

Soil development as related to landscape throughout the Quaternary; focusing on the relationship of soils to climate and vegetation, landscape evolution, and time; principles of soil stratigraphy; case histories of soil geomorphic studies; field trips.

SOIL SCI/​GEOG  526 — HUMAN TRANSFORMATIONS OF EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES

3 credits.

This course takes an earth systems approach to explore the role of human societies in shaping earth surface processes from local to global scales. We address how alterations to our landscapes and waterways affect biological, physical and chemical interactions among our biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. We discuss methods used to distinguish the "human impact" from background variability.

SOIL SCI/​AGRONOMY/​ATM OCN  532 — ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPHYSICS

3 credits.

Plant-environment interactions with particular reference to energy exchanges and water relations. Models are used to provide a quantitative synthesis of information from plant physiology, soil physics, and micrometeorology with some consideration of plant-pest interactions.

SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST  575 — ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

3 credits.

Overview of methods for collecting and analyzing information about environmental impacts on agricultural and natural resources, including monitoring the physical environment and relating impacts to people and society. Authorization may be required

SOIL SCI 601 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOIL SCIENCE

1-3 credits.

Topics in various areas of soil science.

SOIL SCI/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX/​PL PATH  606 — COLLOQUIUM IN ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY

1 credit.

Current topics in molecular and environmental toxicology and problems related to biologically active substances in the environment. Topics vary each semester. Lectures are by resident and visiting professors and other researchers.

SOIL SCI 621 — SOIL CHEMISTRY

3 credits.

Solubility relationships, complex ions, ion exchange and oxidation-reduction reactions in soils.

SOIL SCI 622 — SOIL PHYSICS

3 credits.

Physical properties of soils. Water retention and transmission in soils. Transport of heat, gas, and solutes. Physical environment of soil organisms and soil-plant-water relations.

SOIL SCI/​CIV ENGR  623 — MICROBIOLOGY OF WATERBORNE PATHOGENS AND INDICATOR ORGANISMS

3 credits.

Source, environmental fate and transport of major groups of waterborne pathogens, including epidemiology and testing of associated indicator organism. Management and treatment technologies for prevention of pathogen transmission.

SOIL SCI/​BOTANY/​HORT  626 — MINERAL NUTRITION OF PLANTS

3 credits.

Essential and beneficial elements, solutions and soil as nutrient sources, rhizosphere chemistry, nutritional physiology, ion uptake and translocation, functions of elements, nutrient interactions, genetics of plant nutrition.

SOIL SCI/​CIV ENGR/​M&ENVTOX  631 — TOXICANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT: SOURCES, DISTRIBUTION, FATE, & EFFECTS

3 credits.

Nature, sources, distribution, and fate of contaminants in air, water, soil, and food and potential for harmful exposure.

SOIL SCI 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

2-4 credits.

SOIL SCI 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

2-4 credits.

Continuation of 681.

SOIL SCI/​ENVIR ST/​LAND ARC  695 — APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN NATURAL RESOURCES

3 credits.

Course has four components: 1) Detailed review of GIS concepts; 2) Case studies; 3) GIS implementation methods; 4) Laboratory to provide "hands-on" GIS experience.

SOIL SCI 699 — SPECIAL PROBLEMS

1-3 credits.

SOIL SCI 728 — GRADUATE SEMINAR

1 credit.

Topical oral presentations by guest speakers and graduate students on contemporary concerns and issues involving land and soils.

SOIL SCI 799 — PRACTICUM IN SOIL SCIENCE TEACHING

1-3 credits.

Instructional orientation to teaching at the higher education level in the agricultural and life sciences, direct teaching experience under faculty supervision, experience in testing and evaluation of students, and the analysis of teaching performance.

SOIL SCI 875 — SPECIAL TOPICS

1-4 credits.

Of current interest to graduates.

SOIL SCI 990 — RESEARCH

1-12 credits.