Course description

This course covers the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soils and their relationship to restoration. Topics include:

  • general soil fertility
  • importance of soil flora and fauna
  • characteristics of undisturbed and disturbed soils
  • types of soil disturbance in agriculture, forestry, mining and urban environments
  • soil restoration strategies
  • pre- and post-disturbance planning practices

Course code: ER334

How to register

To register, please call the Continuing Studies Registration Desk at 250-472-4747, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

Credit (diploma) students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.

Non-credit (certificate) students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

Additional course details

Course credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.


Semi-distance format requiring attendance on campus for five days, plus readings/assignments to be completed before and after the on-campus portion of the course.


Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

Background in physical geography such as GEOG 213 or equivalent is recommended.

Next offering

February 28 to March 4, 2018