EARTH 478 - Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
EARTH 131 or CHEM 130.
Advisory Prerequisites:
EARTH 325.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The objective of this course is to understand the chemical composition of natural waters (groundwater, river, lake and coastal waters). Lecture includes a brief review of chemical thermodynamics that is followed by analysis of the acid-base, precipitation-dissolution, complexation, and reduction-oxidation reactions that govern the forms of major and minor elements in natural waters. Labs include an introduction to field sampling of water quality (e.g., sampling and analysis of the Huron River). Lecture and lab activities provide opportunities to learn and predict how natural waters are changing in response to climate and land-use change.

Course Requirements:

Two mid terms and a final exam are completed in class.

Intended Audience:

This is a course for upper-level undergraduate or first-year graduate students in the sciences or engineering (Earth & Environmental Sciences, PitE, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering) interested in the geochemical processes controlling the chemical composition of natural waters (groundwater, rivers, and lakes). Prerequisites include one semester each of general chemistry and introductory geology or instructor permission. Earth 325 is an advisory prerequisite.


EARTH 478 - Geochemistry of Natural Waters
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LAB)
 In Person
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (LAB)
 In Person
Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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