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F&ES 708 01 (13574) /EVST347
Biogeochemistry and Pollution
Gaboury Benoit
TTh 1.00-2.15 ESC 110
Fall 2012 
 
3 credits. 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 chemical data. 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 classes 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. Three hours lecture. One class project, problem sets, midterm, final exam. Optional field trips.
Recommended: college-level general chemistry.