Reflection on ENVR 302

I have only taken two specific environmental science classes my whole life. One of the classes was in high school, I took Environmental Science AP and it was one of the funniest classes I had ever taken. We learned the basics of botany, ecology, and geography all while experiencing the fun of the outdoors. Just from this one class, I knew that this is what I wanted to study. This mixture of knowledge about the world we live is so extraordinary and interesting. I can see myself loving whatever job that comes out from this major.

Soil science is the study of soil as a natural resource on the surface of the earth including soil formation, classification and mapping; physical, chemical, biological, and fertility properties of soils; and these properties in relation to the use and management of soils. Sometimes terms which refer to branches of soil science, such as pedology (formation, chemistry, morphology and classification of soil) and edaphology (influence of soil on organisms, especially plants), are used as if synonymous with soil science. The diversity of names associated with this discipline is related to the various associations concerned. Indeed, engineers, agronomists, chemists, geologists, geographers, biologists, microbiologists, sylviculturists, sanitarians, archaeologists, and specialists in regional planning, all contribute to further knowledge of soils and the advancement of the soil sciences.At first, I must admit, I thought this subject was a bit silly and weird. I also thought, how in the world can there be a whole class devoted to SOIL! Now looking back at the whole process I find out that there is just so much information on this topic that we barely touched the surface. From 5 soil forming factors to the CEC, there’s an abundant amount of information covered over this topic.

The main thing I enjoy about this course, Soil and Water Science, was the field knowledge we ganied about this important topic.  We got to use experiement with many types of soil and find out mysteries via lab tests. The steps we take outside the classroom are very important since that’s what most of us will be doing in the future. Taking soil samples can be decieving at times, unless your an expert, but with practice comes knowledge and skill. Not only did we learn how to get core and aggore samples but we also learned the broad topics of Soil Biology/Chemistry, Soils History, and Soil Erosion and Conservation. Overall this class has been informative and very interesting.and either way my career ends up to going all the imformation that I learned will be key in fully understanding my job.

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3 Responses to Reflection on ENVR 302

  1. ccaammii says:

    I really agree! I thought “soil and water science” sounded like a lame class but it was so much more than I would imagine. I especially loved the work out in the field 🙂

  2. lpg42010 says:

    It was fun learning about all the different aspects of soil and realizing how important soil is to life forms. The fact that it is a natural resource that is being depleted and exhausted is very important. Soil and Water science was much more fascinating than I expected it to be. Getting outside for labs was probably the most enjoying part of it. I am really going to miss the small class size at Queens, especially when speaking of Environmental Science classes.

  3. I, too, enjoyed the field work. For those of us, and I think its about 5 or so (?) taking geology next semester, maybe we’ll take as many trips. Yay soils!

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