L19 EPSc 444 Environmental Geochemistry

Introduction to the geochemistry of natural waters and the processes that alter their composition. Key principles of aqueous geochemistry and their application to describe the main controls on the chemistry of pristine and polluted soil, surface and groundwater environments. Acids and bases; mineral solubility; carbonate chemistry; chemical speciation; redox reactions adsorption and ion exchange; and the speciation, mobility and toxicity of metals. Prerequisite: EPSc 201 and Chem 112A (or AP Chem score of 4), or permission of instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: NS A&S IQ: NSM Art: NSM BU: SCI

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Environmental Studies


...or permission of instructor. Same as L19 EPSc 444 Credit 3 units. A&S : NS...

Earth and Planetary Sciences


For students interested in studying the world beneath their feet, or worlds farther away, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences provides the tools for understanding the processes that shape our planet and other bodies within the solar system. Understanding the Earth system is also the key to addressing many environmental challenges, including climate change, water supply, and energy issues. An E arth scientist is uniquely poised to help solve some of society's most pressing problems. Because planets are complex systems, Earth and planetary sciences is by necessity an interdisciplinary field. It applies biology, chemistry, physics and math to the investigation of topics such as early life on Earth, the structure of the Earth's deep interior, the nature of contaminant transport, and the surfaces of other planetary bodies.