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Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM 402 Chemistry in the Environment (3) Chemistry of the atmosphere, natural waters, and the land surface with particular focus on human influence on processes occurring therein.

CHEM 402 Chemistry in the Environment (3)

Fundamental and descriptive aspects of the sources, reactions, transport, and effects of chemical species, both natural and synthetic, in water, air, soil, and living systems, and the influence of human activities on these processes. The goal of the course is to gain an understanding of the theory and application of the fundamental processes that determine the distribution and transport of inorganic and organic substances in the environment; the techniques for determining important physicochemical properties that influence environmental fate; and the major sources of important classes of environmental chemicals. Rapid increases in technological sophistication have led to startling innovations in our everyday lives almost unthinkable a century ago. However, at the same time, advances in science and engineering have complicated how we live and react to the new technologies and, at times, force consideration of complex issues before our need for reflection. Approaching problems from different directions and perspectives is fundamental to our understanding of Earth processes. New and continued emphasis in global warming, loss of biodiversity, ozone layer depletion, acid mine drainage, sustainable development and energy use are only a few of the major environmental threats which require an intelligent and informed response. As such, the course provides a balanced discussion of the hard science and social sciences aspects of environmental issues.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: CHEM 212 . Prerequisite or concurrent:CHEM 450 orCH E 320

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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