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ACCA Soil Science

Schedule and Location

Mondays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and every other Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 28 through April 29, 2019.

The Morton Arboretum
Administration & Research Center
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Fees and Registration

Registration includes admission to the Arboretum.  Students must register by contacting the Arboretum Registrar's Office (M-F, 9 a.m-4 p.m., 630-719-2468) AND by registering at their home institution. Please contact the Biology Department faculty at the participating A.C.C.A. institution from which you wish to receive credit. You must register through the Registrar’s Office at your home institution and through the Registrar’s Office at The Morton Arboretum.  For more information or to register through the Arboretum, please contact:

Registrar’s Office
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, Illinois 60532-1293

Course Description

Explore the world underground! Soil is one of the earth’s most important resources, mediating plant productivity and community composition, and ecosystem functions. Understanding the relationships among the physical, chemical, and biological components of soil is crucial for assessing soil functions and predicting soil responses to global environmental changes in natural, urban and agricultural systems. The interactions between organisms, environments, and soil will be discussed in lecture and laboratory sessions. Students will have the opportunity to conduct soil experiments, review scientific papers related to this topic, as well as getting hands-on experience in soil science during field exercises.


Michelle Catania, M.S., soil science researcher, The Morton Arboretum

Course Details

  • Credit: 4 semester hours (or equivalent), undergraduate
  • Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Physics are recommended, or consent of instructor


College Credit