Soil Science (2022)

Soil Science involves understanding the distribution of different soil types, evaluating their characteristics, and developing methods to combat degradation and depletion of productive soils, and associated reduction in water quality - due to historical pressures and mismanagement.

Soil Science is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Soil Science, students must complete 60 points, consisting of EARTH101, EARTH221, EARTH251, and EARTH322.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
    A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    EARTH221Soil Science15.022B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues of soil quality, land degradation and sustainable management. The paper also encompasses the properties, genesis, and distribution of the soils of New Zealand and their use.
    EARTH251Applied Earth Sciences15.022A (Hamilton)
    A field-based paper involving data collection and spatial analysis across Earth sciences, including production of maps and cross-sections of surface and subsurface materials, and geomorphology from field and aerial image interpretation; and analysis of measurements of processes acting on the landscape.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    EARTH322Soil and Water Management15.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper integrates an understanding of land/soil and water processes that occur at paddock to catchment to national scales. A focus is on management practices that optimise resource use for productive purposes with attention to avoidance or minimisation of environmental effects. Topics include soil degradation, soil fertility, ...

2022 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 16 September 2021 6:58pm

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