This is an overview of soils educational offerings, faculty, and laboratories.
Land use and management (LUM) concerns the comprehensive consideration of land use and planning. Concepts such as sustainable land management, best management practices, and ecological stewardship are emphasized throughout the course. Applications of these concepts are applied to watersheds, soils, major land resource areas, and urban-suburban interfaces with natural systems.
Soil morphology and classification concerns the field description of soils and their taxonomic classification in much the same way plants and animals are classified. Students taking this course will learn about the storied history of soil survey, the construction of US Soil Taxonomy and its underlying principles. The course involves considerable fieldwork, where students actually describe soils under natural conditions.
Past photos of intercollegiate soils judging; a contest sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. LSU competes in Region IV against schools such as Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, and others. Top teams in the fall regional contest are invited to the national contest in the spring. LSU will field a team this fall and compete annually.
Various links to soil sites with information relation to technical resources, employment, technical resources, geographic information systems (GIS), and photographs.