One of the primary functions of college education is to teach students to think effectively. Students face a variety of employment opportunities beyond college, and each job has unique responsibilities and problems that can change from year to year. It is unrealistic for colleges to attempt to train people for specific niches in society when technology is changing so rapidly. The knowledge that is attained in college must therefore be based on fundamental concepts that can be applied in diverse situations. The ideal program in soil science should have basic courses in soil science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics in addition to upper level classes that stress methods of application to diverse situations in the world. Each course in soil science should be designed with objectives for the students to think at higher levels. This is what we attempt in soil morphology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
soil morphology, educational objectives