Fall 2011 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, 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.