STOCKSCH 117 – Agricultural Chemistry


Summer Online – May 16 – June 24, 2016

REGISTER HERE (after March 14)

Course Description Agricultural Chemistry is an introductory chemistry course. Students will receive an in-depth look at chemical and biochemical properties and processes, which are integral to soils, agriculture and the environment. Topics include typical introductory chemistry topics such as matter and energy, chemical bonding and reactions, moles, gaseous and aqueous chemistry and more. However, topics will be engaged with agricultural effects and practices in mind.

chemtextInstructor:  Emily Cole, Ph.D.
Meeting Pattern: Online
Text: Chemistry for Changing Times 13th Edition (A newer edition is available, but we will use the 13th edition – ISBN: 978-0321750877) E-book and used copies are widely available.

General Outline of Topics

Week 1: Introduction to Agricultural Chemistry

  • Review of Matter, Atoms, Elements

Week 2: Molecules, Ions and Bonding

  • Electrons, Bonding and Plant Nutrients/Fertilizers

Week 3: Chemical Reactions

  • Reactions, Soil CEC and Common Soil Reactions

Week 4: Solubility, pH

  • Reactions, Soil CEC and Common Soil Reactions

Week 5:  Intro to Organic Chem

  • Organic compounds and Organic matter
  • Soil ReDox Reactions

Week 6: Special Topics

  • Contaminants in Soil, Water and Air
  • Sustainable Practices

Grading:  Grading is based on weekly reading and discussion posts, quizzes, problem sets and a final project.

Technology: According to UMass Online, in order to take this course you must:

  • have access to a personal computer (Mac or Windows)
  • be familiar with basic computer skills
  • be connected to the internet
  • have an e-mail program and account
  • have at least a 56 kbps modem
  • have a Java capable browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer)

NOTE: If you have any problems with technology, please contact the UMass Online Tech Support office for help.


This class is part of the Sustainable Food and Farming Online Certificate Program.   To register for upcoming classes, see UMass Online.  Most classes cost $371/credit.  If you would like to register for the Certificate program, you may apply here.

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