This course provides an introduction to soil mechanics and foundations and emphasizes practical applications that are supported by theory. The course concentrates on analytical techniques currently used by the environmental industry to understand the behavior of soils and to classify soils. Soil characteristics are explored by means of laboratory examination and testing techniques. Soils are classified using the US Department of Agriculture Classification System, the Unified Soil Classification System, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials System. Other topics include the fundamentals of groundwater, sanitary landfills and remediation and soil erosion.