Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
This course will introduce students to the soil principal reactive chemical constituents and their processes. Topics will include an introduction to the soil solid and liquid components (chemical composition, mineralogy, organic matter and soil solution); and description of important soil chemical processes and their relevance to environmental and agricultural applications (mineral stability and weathering, oxidation-reduction, surface adsorption and exchange, colloidal behaviour and soil acidity and salinity).
Course at a glance
- In-class, lecture-based course with calculations and software demonstration.
- Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
- Recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
- This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Identify the basic chemical properties of the solid and liquid phases of soils.
- Understand how nutrients, metals, and contaminants are held and released by soil organic and inorganic surfaces.
- Identify the link between the soil surface chemical properties and soil solution, with emphasis on dissolution/precipitation, exchange, and adsorption processes.
- Understand some of the soil management challenges that involve soil chemistry, such as salinity, acidity, and contaminants.
- Demonstrate how you can manipulate the soil to enhance its chemical properties or to mitigate potential challenges.
- Understand soil chemical parameters.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how soils hold and release nutrients, metals, and contaminants.
- Perform calculations related to soil chemical properties.
- Understand how soil chemical properties can be manipulated for soil enhancement and/or for dealing with soil environmental and management challenges.
*This course has no prerequisites *
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.
- Required textbook: Strawn, Daniel G., Bohn, Hinrich, L., and O’Connor, George A. (2020). Soil Chemistry, Fifth Edition, John Wiley and Sons Ltd. 2020, ISBN: e-text 9781119515258 or print 9781119515180.
- Bring your own device for activities in class; MS Excel must be installed and accessible.
- Pre- or post-course work may be required; advanced registration is recommended.
- Assessment includes assignments and readings to be completed outside of class times.
- While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior knowledge of soil science and chemistry, including mathematical applications, is recommended for student success.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.