Soil Science (2020)

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 gain 60 points, consisting of EARTH101, EARTH221, EARTH321 and EARTH322.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Occurrence / Location
    EARTH221Soil Science20B (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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EARTH321Pedology and Land Evaluation20B (Hamilton)
    This paper comprises two parts that provide the fundamentals of pedology and examine its role in land-use related issues and land management. Part (1): the stratigraphy of soils, their formation and classification in New Zealand; the occurrence and variability spatially of soils, and how they can be mapped using classical and digit...
    EARTH322Soil and Water Management20A (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, ...

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 16 October 2019 10:03am

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