Course Description

Examine basic physical composition and processes of both the solid and liquid phases of soil. This includes how water is held by soil, how water moves through soil and the linkage between soil water regime and processes within the hydrologic cycle, with emphasis on water infiltration and redistribution. Other topics include soil thermal and aeration properties and processes, impact of spatial variability and soil mechanics. The course will explore applied soil management challenges involving the use of soil physics to address agronomic, environmental and reclamation objectives.

Who Should Take This Course?

Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.


  • There is a textbook required for this course. Please see "Section Materials" under the course section.
  • Access to a Microsoft Windows-based computer may be required. A calculator is required for exercises, quizzes, and exams.
  • This course delivery format is bichronous. 100% of course content is delivered online. Students engage in both asynchronous learning, coupled with scheduled synchronous sessions throughout the course. The asynchronous dates cover course work between synchronous sessions and post-course materials (quizzes, assignments etc.). To view the schedule of the synchronous sessions, click the "view details" link under Schedule and Location on the course section.
  • This course is recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by:
    • ECO Canada
    • The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
    • The Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (AAFMP)
    • The Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET)
    • The Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
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Section Title
Applied Soil Physics
Language of Delivery
Online - Synchronous
M, W, F
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Mar 17, 2025 to Mar 21, 2025
Online - Asynchronous
Mar 17, 2025 to Apr 07, 2025
Online - Synchronous
M, W
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Mar 24, 2025 to Mar 26, 2025
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Online - Bichronous  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Taxable credit $1,195.00
Drop Request Deadline
Mar 17, 2025
Transfer Request Deadline
Mar 13, 2025
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Mar 17, 2025 to Apr 07, 2025
Section Notes
A calculator is required for exercises, quizzes and exams.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Mandatory) Environmental soil physics by Hillel, D. Academic Press 1st edition
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