Fall 2009 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
A qualitative and quantitative treatment of chemical processes in natural systems such as lakes, rivers, groundwater, the oceans, and ambient air is studied. General topics include equilibrium thermodynamics, acid-base equilibria, oxidation-reduction reactions, and isotope geochemistry. The magnitude of anthropogenic perturbations of natural equilibria will be assessed, and specific topics like heavy metal pollution in water, acid rain, asbestos pollution, and nuclear contamination will be discussed. This course (together with E&ES281) is usually taught as a service-learning course in which students work with a community organization to solve an environmental problem. Previous classes have evaluated the energy potential of a local landfill and investigated the cause and possible remediation of a local eutrophic lake.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CES)(CIS)(E&ES)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(SISP)
Eby, G. Nelson, PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two exams, one paper, problem sets.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
There are no prerequisites, but a chemistry background (CHM 141, CHM 143, or equivalent) and an Earth and Environmental Science background (E&ES 101 and or E&ES 199) is recommended. E&ES 281 Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory must be taken concurrently.
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