UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

COURSE PROPOSALS

Form NC:

New Course Proposal

FORM NC

(2/00)

 

Discipline:

Geology

Form NC #:

1

Date:

4/4/02

 

 

I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Geol 3061f. Introduction to Soils and Soil Geochemistry. (Sci; 2 cr; prereq 1101 or 1101H, Chem 1101 or #, offered fall odd-numbered years)

Nature, properties, classification and origin of soils; pedogenesis as a function of weathering and erosion; soil geochemistry and soil biochemistry; soil hydrology.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

The development and maintenance of cultures, societies and civilizations has long been dependent, to a great extent, upon our ability to wisely use our earth resources. This course will supplement and expand upon introductory-level material relating to soils that are presented, for example, in Geology 1101 Physical Geology. In particular, this course will provide students with the opportunity of learning more about the physical and chemical aspects of soils and soil formation.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Spring 2002

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Peter Whelan

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)

No

To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?

None

Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):

Lecture

 

Course requires:(check all that apply):

 

Laboratory sections

 

Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

 

The principal objective of this course is to introduce students to the nature and origin of soils. Specific topics to be covered include the physical and chemical nature of soils; the origin and evolution of soils; the significance of paleosols (fossils or buried soils); soil biogeochemistry; and soil hydrology. Students who complete this course will be able (1) to address the various issues outlined above and (2) to apply this knowledge to the long-term and wiser use of our soil resources.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

 

The success of the course will be assessed by asking students to complete the problem sets and special projects that measure their ability to work with and apply their understanding of soil physics and soil geochemistry. Other assessment tools will include seminar presentations as well as midterm and final exams.

 

Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

 

 

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

 

x

April 4, 2002

2)

Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)

 

 

 

3)

Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)

 

 

 

4)

Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)