SOSC 301

Advanced Soil Science

Course overview

You’ll grow your knowledge of advanced soil science, delving into biogeochemistry and climate change science, as well as pedology (soil information systems) and then apply that science to sustainable land use issues.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):


  • Soil Science II, SOSC-222



  • Soil Management, SOSC-224


  • restriction Soil Resources, SOSC-342
  • restriction Advanced Soil Science, SOSC-343
  • restriction Biogeochemistry and Climate Change, PHSC-318

Available semesters Semester 2 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $1,114.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Explain key pedogenic processes and feedbacks among soil biology and above-ground ecosystems.
  2. Interpret, analyse and synthesise soil data into a report.
  3. Design field soil sampling campaigns for soil surveys of intermediate intensity.
  4. Explain the soil biogeochemistry of C and N and their relevance to primary production and climate change.
  5. Write scientific reports in an ethical manner.

Course examiners

Peter Almond

Peter Almond

Associate Professor

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences