We are happy to welcome you to Introduction to Soil Science this semester.  The learning methods we use are very different from most of the other courses you will take at Iowa State University.  In order to ensure that these methods increase, rather than hinder your learning, we want to explain them to you.  The format we use allows us to offer two parallel introductory courses:

While all students will learn the same basic soil principles, students in these classes will sometimes be engaged in different activities, will take different hour exams, and at times take different quizzes.