(GEOL 21062) - Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Course Description: This course focuses on the fundamentals of physical geology (rock types, mineral identification, plate tectonics, etc.), with an emphasis on human interaction with their environment. We will explore natural processes and anthropogenic (human-impacted) effects on those processes in the context of natural hazards, natural resources and sustainability.
(GEOL 40095/50095/60096) – Fall 2012, Spring 2014
Course Description: Based on the foundation of mineralogy and (bio)geochemistry, this class will explore reactions between minerals and aqueous solutions, including growth and dissolution, surface complexation, and redox reactions. We will focus on the role of these reactions in chemical weathering, contaminant mobility, microbe-mineral interactions, and an understanding of mineral-water interface processes and mechanisms at the molecular level. Common analytical methods used in mineral-water interface studies will be introduced throughout the course. A series of cases studies will be placed in a historical and geological context. The underlying mineralogy and (bio)geochemistry of each case study will be emphasized. An emphasis will also be placed on the potential role of remediation and the societal impacts of each contaminant.
(GEOL 43042/53042/73042) – Spring 2013
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the solid, aqueous, and gaseous phases comprising the environment, their natural compositional variations, and their chemical interactions, emphasizing the contrast between natural sources of hazardous elements and compounds and the types and sources of anthropogenic contaminants and pollutants. The course will on four areas of environmental geochemistry: Atmosphere Chemistry; The Carbon Cycle and Energy; Water Chemistry; and Surface/terrestrial chemistry. A major emphasis will be placed on processes that control the release, mobility, and fate of contaminants in surface environments. Through lectures, classroom discussion, readings, and problem sets, and quizzes/exams, you will be introduced to the scientific basis for evaluation of the impact of contaminants and the design of remediation strategies. Case studies focusing on a specific contaminant or group of related contaminants will be discussed throughout.