GEOG 3890/5990: Soil and Society

Taught 2010-2013 by Dr. Julian

This course explores the importance of soil resources for environmental and socioeconomic sustainability.  Soil science is introduced and referenced throughout the semester, but the majority of the course focuses on soil’s value to societies.  Specific topics explored include soil geography, historical abuses of soil resources, effects of land use change, and current conservation efforts.  Local and international studies are examined.  The course includes two field trips.

Class visiting the green roof on top of the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma.


Student Seth Gainey trying to measure up to the grassland roots at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.