SGL-11303 Introduction to Soil Science


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)4
Course coordinator(s)JHJ Candel
Lecturer(s)dr. A Makaske
IM Lubbers
CMJ Hendriks
dr. ir. T Hiemstra
JHJ Candel
dr. M Hagens
Examiner(s)IM Lubbers

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

SGL-23312 Landscape Geography (BLP); SGL-22803 Soil and Landscapes of the Netherlands (BBN).


This course focuses on the relationships between global geological processes, soil forming processes and chemical, physical and biological soil properties. Basic knowledge on soil classification (Dutch system), soil quality indicators and soil protection is used to determine the suitability of soils for different land use functions (plant growth in general, agriculture, nature and recreation areas).
**Practicals alternate the lectures and illustrate and deepen the treated topics. At the end of the course, a field excursion shows the relationships between geology, soils, and landscape (including land use) around Wageningen

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand and describe global geological processes that shape landscapes, landforms and sediments as a basis for soil formation;
- understand and describe the role of soil forming processes leading up to landscape differentiation and functionality;
- describe and evaluate soil properties and soil quality indicators to assess the suitability of soils for the design and management of land use functions.


- attend lectures;
- practicals (mandatory);
- field excursion by bike (mandatory).


- written examination consisting of multiple choice questions;
- participation in practicals and excursion is mandatory in order to pass;
- a test-examination is available in the practical guide (answers included).


Reader ‘Introduction to Soil Science’ and practical guide (both in Dutch). Available at WUR shop.

Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc3AF
BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc3AF