CSES 5303/6306 Soil Chemistry

ABOUT THE COURSE:
Soil chemistry is a senior undergraduate or graduate course designed to provide students with knowledge of basic soil chemical properties. Students will learn about the chemical composition of soil particles, weathering processes, ion adsorption and exchange reactions, acidity, salinity, and reduction-oxidation reactions. It is designed for students in soil, crop, and environmental science fields who need to be knowledgeable with reactions and transformation that take place in the soil. Concepts taught in this course are critical to understanding and managing nutrients, carbon, environmental pollutants, and soil and water resources. Laboratory exercises will be used to emphasize important topics and to provide experience with laboratory techniques and methods used in soil analysis.

Each student will be required to complete a series of laboratory and homework assignments, quizzes, three examinations, and a final cumulative examination.

LECTURE AND LAB:
4 credits

PREREQUISITES:
CSES 2043 Basic Soil Science. Suggested Prerequisites: CHEM 1010/1011 or 1030/1031 Chemistry I, CHEM 1040/1041 Chemistry II, CHEM 3050 & 3051 Analytical Chemistry

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:
Soil Chemistry 2nd or 3rd edition, Hinrich L. Bohn, Brian L. McNeal, George A. O’Connor, John Wiley & Sons 2001, ISBN: 0-471-36339-1. Suggested Alternate/Additional textbook for graduate students: Soil & Water Chemistry, Michael E. Essington, CRC Press. 2004. ISBN 0-8493-1258-2

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Dennis A. Shannon
Professor
215 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3963