SGL-11303 Introduction to Soil Science


Studiepunten 3.00

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

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety and ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Continuation courses:

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


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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:
- identify global geological processes that shape landscapes, landforms and sediments as a basis for soil formation;
- explain how landforms and sediments underlie soil formation and land use functions;
- interpret the role of soil-forming processes leading up to landscape differentiation and functionality;
- identify the role of soil properties in calculating soil quality indicators;
- calculate soil quality indicators to assess the suitability of soils for the design and management of land use functions;
- apply soil suitability procedures to assess landscape functionality.


- 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’ (in Dutch). Available at WUR shop.

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc3AF
BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc3AF
Keuze voor: WUMTEBSc Minor Management of Terrestrial Ecosystems3AF