soil profiles at 9 mile prairie in Lancaster County, Nebraska

Instructor(s): Dr. Rebecca Young

Number of Credit Hours: 4

Number of CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs): CEUs can be earned in Soil & Water commensurate with academic hours

Description: Characteristics of soils in relation to their environment and ecosystem functions as well as their appropriate uses and protection. Physical, chemical, and biological aspects of soils and their interactions within the environment are discussed. Principles and practices using cooperative exercises including discussion, assessment, planning, problem-solving, writing, and presentation involving all aspects of soils. Measurement and evaluation of soil properties that impact their functions within ecosystems. Describing soil characteristics and evaluation suitability and limitation of soils using publicly available databases. The online section is reserved for students outside of the Agronomy and Horticulture Department who are sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students. Department students and freshmen should take the resident Soil Resources course.

Prerequisites: Admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Successful completion of general chemistry and algebra at high school or college level.

Course Requirements & Materials:

  • Technical Requirements: Access to high-speed Internet and email with up-to-date browsers and the ability to view videos (recommended browsers are Firefox, Chrome, and Safari); must also be able to use Microsoft Office products and Adobe Acrobat
  • Textbooks: No textbooks required. All course materials are online in Canvas and through UNL Libraries.

Questions About This Course or How to Register? Contact Lisa Hilfiker at or (402) 472-8393.