Geology 415 - Intro to Geochmstry

Steven Petsch

TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM

UMass Amherst
Morrill Sci. Ctr. (II) rm 225
This course explores interactions between the physical Earth, its major systems (the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, pedosphere and biosphere) and our human activities. Geochemical cycles are the transport and transformation of the elements between these major Earth systems as understood through application of chemical principles to earth and environmental science. Emphasis is placed on understanding controls on the abundance of key chemical constituents in the atmosphere, rivers, lakes, oceans, biosphere and major rock reservoirs. You will also practice skills such as: applying mathematics (statistics, algebra, calculus) to complex geochemical problems; problem solving approaches such as estimation, dimensional analysis and logical progression from cause to effect; and scientific communication and critique.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.