Study of soil derivation, classification, & characteristics as related to natural & human systems. Soil as a natural system including chemistry, ecology, & geology. Soil use & management including erosion, moisture retention, structure, cultivation, & organic matter. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between natural & agronomic soil systems. Laboratory topics include soil type, classification, soil chemistry, water & nutrient management & soil microbiology.
Section #'s: #8172 and #8176
Location:#8172 MACE 160 & MACE 170
#8176 MACE 160 & MACE 170
Meeting Time: M-Lec. 8:00 - 10:05 MACE 170
W-Lab. 8:00 - 11:05 MACE 160
Meeting Time: M-Lec 11:40 - 1:45 MACE 170
W-Lab 11:40 - 2:45 MACE 160
Lab Final: Sec. #8176, Wed., April 22, 2020
8:00 - 11:05
Sec. #8172, Wed., April 22, 2020
11:40 - 2:45
Final Exam: Sec. #8176, Mon., April 27, 2020
7:00 - 9:50
Sec. #8172, Wed., April 29, 2020
10:00 - 12:50
Office Hours: To be held in the ACE building on West Campus.
M 10:30 - 11:30 & 1:45 - 2:45
W 7:00 - 8:00 & 3:00 - 4:00
TH 1:30 - 2:30
Use voice mail at 575-6209
Telephone: 575-6209 Office
575-6200 Division Office
Important Dates: Last day to drop without a
"W" or get a Refund;
January 26, 2020
Last day to apply for AS/AA, or Cert.
(to get your name in the program)
Last day to drop;
April 4, 2019
Students will be able to:
1. Analyze local soil quality as affected by human
& natural activities.
2. Explain local geographical features & their
relationship to local soils.
3. Evaluate parent rocks & other soil forming
processes influence on local & global soils.
4. Demonstrate the determination of the following
soil physical properties: textures (two
methods), use of texture triangle, bulk density,
particle density, pore space, organic content,
color , pH, structure, conductivity, & reactivity.
5. Demonstration an understanding of the
classification of local & global soil orders (i.e.,
6. Analyze water & nutrient management in soils.
7. Apply soil nutrient cycles to soil, plant & soil
8. Demonstrate how to read a soil map, explain
the importance of soil mapping & how to locate
a specific site using both township/range & GIS
(Geographic Information System).
9. Evaluate a soil’s water holding capacity, plant
available water, properties & movement of
water in soil.
10. Assess & evaluate the anion & cation exchange
capacity for a given soil.
11. Interpret a soil nutrient analysis including
percent base saturation.
Statement of student Audience:
Students enrolled in this class are not required to have prior experience or knowledge in Environmental Conservation. It is an introductory course intended for three groups: students in degree programs, students seeking additional career advancement and students with personal interest in the world's environment.
MJC Soils Lab: East Campus & West Campus
MJC Agriculture Farm Lab: West Campus &
Library: Mon.-Thurs 8 am.-9 pm.
Friday 8 am.-5 pm.
Saturday 9 am.-5 pm.
Computer labs: Agriculture and Library
The Nature & Properties of Soils
Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Well
Please read assignments prior to class .
Student Learning Outcome
After the student is given instruction on the following soil physical properties, they will in a laboratory setting be able to determine and analyze how one would be use the findings of the following to manage the soils they live on or work on: textures (two methods), use of texture triangle, bulk density, particle density, pore space, organic content, color, pH, structure, conductivity, and reactivity.
Student grades for the level of success demonstrated during the following activities will determine the lecture and lab portion of this class:
Tests, Quizzes, Homework, and Laboratory
All assignments must be turned in typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font, & Times New Roman. Quizzes will not be made up under any conditions. There will be no late papers accepted. No make-up exams will be given. No make-up exams will be given unless prior approved. Students must follow all instructions in regards to assignments to be eligible for grading and earning maximum points for said assignments. You may check the status of your grade during office hours only any time throughout the semester. Student must be present to be eligible for assignments handed out in class. Students must print out and read all laboratory materials prior to attending that week's laboratory. You may check the status of your grade during office hours only throughout the semester. Grades will be scaled by this percentage
A = 100% - 90%
B = 89% - 80%
C = 79% - 70%
D = 69% - 60%
F = 59% - 0%
Classroom disturbances. Cell phones are to be turned off while in the classroom or laboratory. If you are seen using a cell phone, you will be asked to leave the lecture or lab.
In addition you will not be allowed to use any electronic devices, laptops, ipads, ect... in the classroom or laboratory.
Students must come prepared for lecture & lab or you will be asked to leave. (Proper lab apparel, safety glasses, and lab worksheets.)
Class and lab resources:
***You must print out all lab worksheets and bring them with you to the lab. Failure to do so will result in you not being allowed to participate in the lab. activity portion of the lab. Also, you may not be allowed to make up the missed lab. on your own time, depending on the lab. All materials must be printed out every Monday night***
When you are making up a lab., please check this web site to see if the lab. is available.
Instructions to download the worksheets if you have a PC
1. Go to the soils web site
2. Click on hyperlink for the given lab
3. Download file to desktop
4. Right click on file that is save to desktop a click on:
5. Then click on:
“Adobe Acrobat Reader” (The Free Version)
6. Then start typing in data
7. DO NOT CONVERT THE WORKSHEET TO MICROSOFT WORD. LEAVE IT AS A PDF
Here's the link.
You have to read but, the one on the left is the FREE one.
Instructions to download the worksheets if you have a MAC
*** Mac OS (Safari)
1. Print these instructions. ...
2. Go to the Adobe Reader Downloads page.
3. On the Downloads page, click Download Now. ...
4. If a dialog box appears telling you to quit Reader, close Reader, and then click OK.
5. When the Install Adobe Reader X dialog box appears, click Continue.
6. DO NOT CONVERT TO MICROSOFT WORD. LEAVE IT AS A PDF
Here’s the links.
Lab field sheet for Merced County
MAKE SURE TO READ LAB PRINTOUTS ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE LAB DATE
MAKE SURE TO DOWN LOAD AND SAVE LAB PDF'S TO YOUR COMPUTER OR STORAGE DEVICE FIRST. THEN PROCEED TO OPEN THE FILE AND START FILLING IN THE WORKSHEET.
PRINT OUT ALL THE LINKED FILES FOR EACH LAB
Lab #1 Soil Prep for Lab #1
Lab #2 Lab #2 Lab #2 PDF (I will link after the
11:40 lab is done)
Lab #3 Lab #3a (Make sure to look at the
tabs at the bottom of the
page labeled sheet 1 &
sheet 2. Print both sheets of
Lab #4 Lab #4 Part II Lab #4 PDF (I will link
this file after the 11:40
lab is done)
Lab #5 Lab #5 PDF Bulk Density
Lab #6 Lab #6 PDF
Lab #11 Webinar
Lab #12 Western Stanislaus county soil sites (It is posted on canvas)
Soil Survey books: DO NOT PRINT THE NEXT THREE LINKS
For those that forgot how to open the
Eastern Book using Internet Explorer,
here is a quick power point.
Parent material web sites
MJC Degree or Certificate
For Extra Credit
DUE 2-3-20 to Mr. Morales