Fundamentals in Soil Science


An Online Course from the
Soil Science Society of America

 

Take this course at your own pace!

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This course is available as a full 12 lesson course or is also available as 6 separate modules of 2 lessons each divided by topic.  The course is a non-credit course taught online using distance education technologies provided by Peach New Media.

There is a 90 day time limit from the date of purchase on the full 12 lesson course and a 30 day time limit from the date of purchase for each module.

 

Costs:
Full 12 Lesson Course:  $575.00 per individual for Members or Certified Professionals (CCA, CPAg, CPSS or CPSC) or $699.00 for Non-Members.
Modules:  $110.00 per indivual for Members or Certified Professionals (CCA, CPAg, CPSS or CPSC) or $139.00 for Non-Members.

Price does not include the cost of optional resources. Please see syllabus below for a list of optional resources.

Course Syllabus (PDF) (See the syllabus for the course content and structure.)

Fundamentals in Soil Science is an introductory soil science course designed for the practitioner hoping to build their knowledge and skills in the topics most needed for a fundamental understanding of Soil Science.  This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental concepts in soil science: Genesis, Classification and Morphology, Physics, Chemistry, Fertility, Biology, and Land Use.  Each of the six sections will be taught for a two week period.  Instructors will use the Fundamentals Performance Objectives (POs) as a guide for discussing topics within each section, but will not go through each objective individually.  However, students are encouraged to ask questions regarding specific POs if needed.  The objective of the course is to provide the student with a formalized way to build their fundamental knowledge and skills within the different areas of soil science to enhance their professional skills and/or to prepare to take the Fundamentals of Soil Science Exam.  This course is not designed to teach a student how to take the Fundamentals Exam, but instead is designed to complement the students existing knowledge of soil science and help the student understand the principles behind the POs.  Participation is documented by completion of a quiz for each lesson.  CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 24.0 CEUs with 8.0 CEUs in Nutrient Management and 16.0 CEUs in Soil and Water Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 24.0 CEUs in Self-Directed Study.

Fundamentals in Soil Genesis, Classification and Morphology is a three lesson course that provides an overview of how soil morphology and the spatial distribution of soil properties are critical in the land-use decision making process. The material covered includes soil morphology, soil forming factors, soil genesis, soil classification, soil mapping, and soil geomorphology.  Participation is documented by completion of a quiz for each lesson.  CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 4.0 CEUs in Soil and Water Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 4.0 CEUs in Self-Directed Study.

Fundamentals in Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy course is a three lesson course that provides basic concepts of the soil chemical environment and the inherent chemical characteristics and their reactions/interactions within the soil environment. Concepts include cation exchange capacity, oxidation/reduction and pH as well as implications for management of soil chemistry with laboratory and field techniques, fate and transport of chemicals in soils, and issues associated with salt affected soils.  Participation is documented by completion of a quiz for each lesson.  CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 4.0 CEUs in Soil and Water Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 4.0 CEUs in Self-Directed Study.

Fundamentals in Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management is a three lesson course that considers the role that the soil plays with regard to the availability of nutrients to plants.  Topics include the availability of nutrients under different scenarios as well as managing the availability of those nutrients in considering acidifying and liming soils, nutrient sources and fertilizers. Appropriate sampling techniques are also reviewed along with interpretation of the results.  Participation is documented by completion of a quiz for each lesson.  CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 4.0 CEUs in Nutrient Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 4.0 CEUs in Self-Directed Study.

Fundamentals in Soil Biology and Ecology is a three lesson course that provides an overview of the soil as a living body. Concepts covered include an overview of the living constituents of soil, nutrient cycles driven by biochemical activities and biogeochemical cycles, decomposition of organic substrates and soil properties impacted by soil organic matter, as well as practical functional applications driven by soil biology and ecology such as composting, degradation and remediation of pollutants, and water treatment.  Participation is documented by completion of a quiz for each lesson.  CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 4.0 CEUs in Nutrient Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 4.0 CEUs in Self-Directed Study.

Influences and Management of Soil Physical Properties is a three lesson course that provides an overview of basic physical properties of soil with an emphasis on how these properties influence soil-water relationships, temperature, aeration and mechanical characteristics. Considerations related to management are discussed along with how these properties can influence the ability to work within the soil-plant-atmosphere system.  Participation is documented by completion of a quiz for each lesson.  CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 4.0 CEUs in Soil and Water Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 4.0 CEUs in Self-Directed Study.

Soil and Land Use Management is a three lesson course that focuses on various aspects of soil and water management that affect our ability to maintain a healthy environment while still relying on the soil for production of food and fiber, water quality, and overall management of land resources. Topics include consideration of erosion and sedimentation, soil quality, water quality, policy and regulations, and a discussion of soil resources and management associated with urban, forest, and agricultural land uses.  Participation is documented by completion of a quiz for each lesson.  CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 4.0 CEUs in Soil and Water Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 4.0 CEUs in Self-Directed Study.

 

Please contact Michele Lovejoy (mlovejoy@sciencesocieties.org) with any questions.


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