F&ES 708a / 2017-2018

Biogeochemistry and Pollution

Credits: 3
Fall 2017: Tu,Th, 1:00-2:15, ESC 110


A descriptive overview of baseline biogeochemistry and the nature and behavior of pollutants in the environment. The course is designed to aid future environmental professionals who sometimes may find it necessary to make decisions based on knowledge of environmental chemistry. It is geared to the nonspecialist who needs to establish familiarity with various classes of pollutants and the chemical, biological, and physical processes that control their transport and fate. Topics include the fundamental kinds of chemical reactions in the environment, critical analysis of chemical data, sampling techniques, analytical methods, natural biogeochemical controls on environmental chemistry, as well as detailed examination of contaminants of special interest like acid precipitation, nutrients, and sewage. Prerequisite: college-level general chemistry. Three hours lecture. One class project, problem sets, midterm, final exam. A small number of field trips.

Recommended: college-level general chemistry.

F&ES 708 is a prerequisite for:
F&ES 707: Aquatic Chemistry