Soil classification and land typification

Type: Normative

Department: pedology and soil geography




SemesterAmount of hoursLecturerGroup(s)
832Associate Professor IVANYUK G.GES-41s


SemesterAmount of hoursGroupTeacher(s)
828GES-41sAssociate Professor IVANYUK G.

Course description

The course “Soil Classification and Land Typification” is a normative discipline in the specialty 103 “Earth Sciences” of the educational program of bachelors, which is taught in the 7th semester in the amount of 3 credits (according to the European Credit Transfer System ECTS).

Students will get the idea of classification, systematics, taxonomy of soils, principles of diagnosis, the history of various classification systems of soils, the scheme of structure and basic taxa of modern world and also domestic classifications; master the skills of soil correlation, get acquainted with approaches to land typification in Ukraine and other countries.
The aim of teaching the discipline “Soil Classification and Land Typification” is to acquaint students with the main problems of soil classification and diagnosis in Ukraine and the world; with approaches to the selection and diagnosis of soil units in different scientific schools; mastering the skills of soil correlation, as well as the classifications of arable land according to the suitability for growing different crops.
The main objectives of the discipline are: acquaintance with the basic concepts of classification; types, principles and problems of classifications; historical review of the development of soil classifications in Ukraine and the world; study of the principles of construction and diagnosis of some world and national classifications; mastering the skills of determining the classification position of a particular soil in modern soil classifications; acquaintance with territorial units of natural-agricultural zoning; study of the concept of agroecological typology and land classification.
In the lecture course the classification systems of soils of Ukraine, the USA, and also the World abstract base of soil resources are considered; students study the basics of landscape-ecological typification of lands, the main provisions of landscape analysis of the territory, analyze the mechanism of formation of adaptive-landscape systems of agriculture. Theoretical bases of classification of different groups of soils, agroecological typology and classifications of lands, principles of grouping of agroecological types of lands, possibilities of their applied application are worked out by students in practical classes.
The curriculum consists of two content modules: 1) The concept of soil classification. Classification of soils of Ukraine and international classifications of soils; 2) Correlation of soil classifications. Land typification.

Recommended Literature

Information resources

  • World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2014. International soil classification system for naming soils and creating legends for soil maps / World Soil Resources Reports No. 106. FAO, Rome, 2014. 181 р. (
  • World reference base for soil resources 2014 International soil classification system for naming soils and creating legends for soil maps. Update 2015 / World Soil Resources Reports No. 106. FAO, Rome, 2015 (