CRSS/FANR 3060 - Soils and Hydrology - Spring Semester


  • Soil formation and morphology, physical and chemical properties, soil-water interactions, hydrologic processes and water balance in the landscape, and soil and water quality.
  • Emphasis on landscape management of soil and water resources for both productivity and environmental quality.


Teaching Assistants (by lab number)

  1. Aaron Joslin, Warnell 4-417
  2. Nadia Noor, Plant Sciences, 3204,
  3. Nathan Melear, Warnell 4-117,
  4. Cassidy Lord, Warnell 4-116,
  5. Chris Johnston, Plant Sciences 4111B,


  • Course Syllabus
  • Lectures: Plant Sciences 2401
    • MWF 11:15 - 12:05
  • Labs: Plant Sciences 1201
    1. Wed, 1:25 - 3:20
    2. Wed, 3:35 - 5:30
    3. Thurs, 8:30 - 10:30
    4. Thurs, 11:00 - 1:00
    5. Thurs, 2:00 - 4:00
  • Course Evaluation

Quiz Policy

  • Quizzes are usually on Fridays, but could be anytime.
  • No makeup without a valid excuse.


Possible Extra Credit: Intended to reinforce labs and lectures.

  • Soil Profile. Write a report summarizing a soil profile. The report would be similar to that in the Soil Series publication used in Lab 2, and include a summary like that provided in Labs 3 and 4. It would consist of a description of the soil horizons, uses for the soil, limitations, etc. It should include a map of the soil location, and photographs of the soil exposed. It would also include close-ups of the various layers. You can use an existing road cut, trench, or natural exposure.
  • River Rendezvous. Participate in the Annual River Rendezvous. This involves visiting field sites, collecting water samples, and describing the general conditions at the site. Additional credit is given for assisting with water analysis of these samples.

  • My Favorite Watershed. Describe a watershed, including its area, population, land use, industries, cities, lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, precipitation, evapotranspiration, streamflow, fish, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Maps and tables summarizing the watershed should also be included.
  • Water or Soil Video. Create a video for Youtube (or a comparable site) that describes an interesting soil or water process. The video would be entertaining to the point that a significant number of people would find in interesting and useful. It should be scientifically correct and have educational value.

  • Course Evaluation

Soils Discussion Questions (Chapters 1-8)

Chapter 1. Landscapes

Chapter 2. Soil Profiles and Formation

Chapter 3. Soil Horizons and Classification

Chapter 4. Physical Properties of Soils

Chapter 5. Chemical Properties of Soils

Chapter 6. Plant Nutrients

Chapter 7. Soil Biology and Productivity

Chapter 8. Fertilization

Hydrology Lecture Notes (Chapters 9-14)

Chapter 9. Soil Water

Chapter 10. Precipitation and Evaporation

Chapter 11. Infiltration, Streamflow, and Ground Water

Chapter 12. Hydrologic Statistics and Hydraulics

Chapter 13. Erosion and Sedimentation

Chapter 14. Wastes in Soil and Water