In this course, the student develops a basic understanding of soils in construction and engineering industries. The course stresses the applied aspects of soil as a building material and as a medium in other industries such as wastewater design, wetlands, and hazardous waste spills. Topics include excavation; grading; soil investigation techniques; erosion prevention and control; compaction; and foundations in addition to soil basics of texture, structure, soil formation, soil water movement, and soil classification. This course focuses on hands-on familiarity with soils, soil characteristics, maps, tools and resources with some technical writing.
2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week