Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

NRES 101: Plant, Soil & Water Science

General Information

  • Name: Plant, Soil & Water Science
  • Discipline: Natural Resources (NRES)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces plant, soil and water science as applied to agriculture in Nevada. Includes a discussion of fertilization, irrigation, botany, soil conservation, and pollution.

II: Course Objectives

  • To provide understanding of soils as dynamic ecological systems supporting plant life.
  • Identification and interpretation of soil properties, soil and plant ecological site relationships.
  • Use of Soil Surveys.
  • List three advantages each of organic and inorganic fertilizers.
  • Demonstrate three common methods of fertilizer application.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

General Education Mission: The mission of general education at WNC is to provide students who complete degrees and certificates of achievement with critical life skills that will benefit them in their personal and professional endeavors.

NRES 101 addresses the General Education Student Learning Objective of ensuring that students:

  • Understand the methods of scientific reasoning and logic
  • Appreciate the role that science and technology plays in the modern world.


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