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:  #6171 and #6172

Units:  3

Location:#6171 MACE 160 & MACE 170 
             #6172 MACE 160 & MACE 170 

Section #6171:      
Meeting Time:       M-Lec.  8:00 - 10:05 MACE 170
                           W-Lab.  8:00 - 11:05 MACE 160

Section #6172:           

Meeting Time:      M-Lec  11:40 - 1:45  MACE 170
                          W-Lab 11:40 - 2:45  MACE 160

Lab Final:     Sec. #6171,  Wed., April 24, 2019  
                                                8:00 - 11:05     

                   Sec. #6172,   Wed., April 24, 2019
                                                 11:40 - 2:45

Final Exam: Sec. #6171,    Mon., April 29, 2019
                                                 7:00 - 9:50

                 Sec. #6172,    Wed., May 1, 2019
                                               10:00 - 12:50

Office Hours: To be held in the ACE building on West Campus.
                   M     2:00 - 3:00
                   T    11:00 - 12:00
                   TH   1:00 - 2:00
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 27, 2019

                           Last day to drop, April 8, 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.,
     soil taxonomy).
6.  Analyze water & nutrient management in soils.
7.  Apply soil nutrient cycles to soil, plant & soil
     organism relationships.
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.

1-27-2098 Last day to drop without a W or get a Refund

3-10-2019 Last day to apply for AA/AS degree.

4-8-2019 last day to drop

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.

Instructional Facilities
MJC Soils Lab:  East Campus & West Campus

MJC Agriculture Farm Lab: West Campus &
                                     Beckwith Ranch

Library: Mon.-Thurs 8 am.-9 pm.
           Friday 8 am.-5 pm.
           Saturday 9 am.-5 pm.

Computer labs: Agriculture and Library


Required Textbook 
The Nature & Properties of Soils
Fourteenth Edition
Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Well
Prentice Hall, 
ISBN 0-13-227938-3

Reading Assignments
Please read assignments prior to class .

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Soil Orders
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20

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

Notebook        90%
Participation    10%

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.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.***

When you are making up a lab.,  please check this web site to see if the lab. is available. 

Lab notebook instructions

Lab field sheet for Eastern Stanislaus County

Lab field sheet for Western Stanislaus County

Lab field sheet for San Joaquin County

Lab field sheet for Merced County

Lab #1      Soil Prep for Lab #1

Lab #2      Lab 2 Excel Temp   (Make sure to look 
                                          at the tabs at the
                                           bottom of the page
                                          labeled sheet 1 &
                                          sheet 2.  You will
                                          use both sheets)

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 3a.)

Lab #4     Lab 4 Excel Temp

Lab #5     Lab 5 Excel Temp

Lab #6

Lab #8

Lab #12


Eastern Stanislaus County

Western Stanislaus County

San Joaquin County

Soil Kit Arrangement

Soil Triangle

Soil Texture Flow Chart

Parent material web sites


MJC General Scholarship Link

MJC Degree Application

MJC Certificate Application