The Davis College is offering a new course as part of West Virginia University’s General Education Curriculum: ENVP 119, “Soil in the City.”
The course will be instructed by Eugenia Pena-Yewtukhiw, assistant professor of soil science in the Division of Plant and Soil Science. It meets GEC objectives 2C (Basic Mathematical Skills and Scientific Inquiry) and 4 (Contemporary Society).
According to Pena-Yewtukhiw, the course provides students with illustrative examples of soil relationships and concepts in urban environments and deals with basic concepts regarding soil functions in urban areas and how human activities could impact these functions positively (sustainability of the environment and uses ) or negatively (degradation and environmental problems).
WVU aims to provide students with a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to reason clearly, communicate effectively, and contribute to society. The GEC is designed to ensure that students meet these goals through inquiry-based learning across the disciplines. In conjunction with a major field, and in consultation with their advisors, students will design programs of study that satisfy the GEC’s objectives.