Soil Science Basics

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Soil Science Basics

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-Requisite : Introductory Chemistry (Ag) (CHEM00020), Intro to Biomolecules (CHEM10010), The Molecular World (CHEM10040), Basis of Organic & Biol Chem (CHEM10050), Phys & Inorg Chem (CHEM10060)

    Since a chemistry module is a prerequisite for this course, students are expected to be familiar with the requirements of safe practice in a laboratory environment, the need for compliance with use of personal protective equipment (lab coats and protective eye wear), and handling of glassware with hazardous substances.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module is a complete basic introduction to soil science. Themes covered are: Pedology (the study of soils in the field); Soil components; Soil formation, classification & survey; Soil chemistry & fertility; and Soil husbandry for agronomic and environmental objectives.
    Practical classes give hands-on examples of the methods used to describe and analyse soil materials in the field and laboratory, and allow students to demonstrate the effects of soil-structure on soil behaviour, and undertake soil chemical testing. Compliance with instructions on the use of personal protective equipment (lab coats and protective eyewear), and safe work practices with glassware and hazardous chemicals are required.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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