Soil Science

HONOURS SUBJECT AREA

Studies in soil science encompass how soil, one of our greatest natural resources, is formed, and looks at its role in the environment, land conservation, and rehabilitation issues.

Soil science is a multidisciplinary area of study, combining aspects of physics, chemistry, biology and the integrative themes of pedology (the science of natural soils) and geomorphology (the study of the physical features of the Earth's surface).

The honours year

The honours year in soil science is a largely independent research activity which involves designing a research project in consultation with one or more supervisors. It is available to eligible students who wish to understand how soil forms, its role in the environment, its role in agricultural production, and land conservation and rehabilitation.

The course aims to give you the opportunity to explore your potential for a career in research, as you spend much of your time investigating your selected project topic, developing your skills in a laboratory environment, and forming close relationships with other staff from your lab.

Projects are available in the areas of soil chemistry, soil contamination, phytoremediation, soil biochar, pedology, soil physics, precision agriculture and digital soil mapping.

Workload and assessment

The honours year in soil science consists of 24 credit points of soil science subjects (SOIL2003, SOIL2004, SOIL3009 and SOIL3010) or other approved subjects for students who have previously completed any of these units. You will also complete a 24 credit point independent research project in one branch of soil science that includes oral and research thesis assessment tasks.

Honours projects

Students who are interested in taking soil science honours should contact the honours coordinator to make preliminary enquiries, and obtain information about potential projects and supervisors. http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/future_postgraduates/honours.shtml

Projects are available in the areas of soil chemistry, soil contamination, phytoremediation, soil biochar, pedology, soil physics, precision agriculture and digital soil mapping.

Related subject areas

Agricultural Chemistry
Biochemistry
Chemistry
Environmental Studies
Plant Sciences
Soil Science

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