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2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Environmental Chemistry Emphasis

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Degree Type Offered: Emphasis

The environmental chemistry emphasis allows students majoring in environmental science or biology to pursue additional depth of preparation in a unique combination of courses. Students learn chemical techniques, analytics, sampling methods and instrumentation which are relevant to the understanding of environmental issues. Learning to find trace atmospheric, soil and water-borne constituents of either human or natural origin are critical to identifying potential pollutants in water, soil and the organic tissues of living organisms. This emphasis gives students distinctive training in chemical analysis of the
environment.
 
The following courses are required:

CHEM-305 Organic Chemistry I

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall Only

Structure, nomenclature, and properties of organic molecules. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-162 or permission of instructor Credit may not be received for both CHEM-250 and 305

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CHEM-306 Organic Chemistry II

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Spring Only

Continuation of organic chemistry started in CHEM-305, including reaction mechanisms, thermodynamics, synthesis, and identification of organic molecules. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHEM-305

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CHEM-310 Organic Chemistry II & Spectroscopy

Credits: 5 Term Offered: Spring Only

A continuation of organic chemistry started in CHEM-305, including a study of the interpretation of infrared spectroscopy, proton and carbon NMR, UV-visible spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. The lab will be an introduction to chemical research that includes research methods and techniques through a series of experiments. Prerequisite: CHEM-305 Credit may not be received for both CHEM-306 and CHEM-310, or for both CHEM-308 and CHEM-310

ENVR-320 Analytical Environmental Chemistry

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Spring Only

The chemistry and quantitative aspects of environmentally important cycles (C, N, O, P, S) in the context of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Major environmental issues are discussed such as acid rain, sewage treatment, ozone destruction, anthropogenic climate change, air pollution and eutrophication. Laboratories involve sampling, quantitative detection and data analysis. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisites: CHEM-162 Alternate years: offered 2019-2020

GEOL-330 Soil and Hydrogeology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course is a study of the environment on the Earth's surface, the boundary between the solid and liquid, and interactions between rock and water. This will include weathering and the formation of soil, and the flow of water at the surface and below ground level. Lab activities will include sampling and analysis of soil, surface water, and groundwater. Prerequisite: ENVR-301 Alternate years: offered 2020-2021

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CHEM-380 Instrumental Analysis

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall Only

Exposure to methods of quantitation, signal-to- noise enhancement, instrumental design and function, methods of spectroscopy, chromatography, electroanalytical analysis, and mass spectrometry. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisite: CHEM-250 or CHEM-305

ENVR/BIOL-360 Environmental Physiology

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course will provide a framework for studying how animals function in their native environments at different stages of their life cycles. Its scope is animal physiology blended with environmental science: principles of physiological mechanisms are examined from the perspective of physiological adaptation in a given environmental context, including specific adaptations to environmental extremes. Course structure: active learning lectures and applied learning labs. Development of critical scientific thinking and scientific writing are significant components of the course. Prerequisites: BIOL-110 and BIOL-111, and MATH-120 (Cross-listed as BIOL-360)

ENVR-401 Environmental Microbiology

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall Only

An exploration of how microorganisms interact with their environment and the implications of these interactions for humans. Specific topics will include: antibiotic resistance, biodegradation, biodiversity, biofuels, bioremediation, extreme environments, geochemical cycles, methods for sampling, culture, and analysis of environmental microorganisms, microbiology of air, water, and soil; environmental pathogens; and microbiological treatment of sewage and water. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisites: BIOL-309 or ENVR/CHEM-320 Offered alternate years (Cross-listed as BIOL-401)