2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Earth Matters: Geology and Chemistry


Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters

Dharshi Bopegedera physical chemistry , Abir Biswas geology, earth science, biogeochemistry
Fields of Study
chemistry, environmental studies, field studies and geology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in geology, environmental sciences, chemistry, natural sciences, science teaching
Proficiency in intermediate algebra

This interdisciplinary, introductory-level program will explore topics in physical geology and general chemistry. It is designed for students with a desire to have a broader and deeper understanding of the Earth, the structure of matter that makes up the Earth, and their interconnectedness. The study of lab and field sciences through rigorous, quantitative, and interdisciplinary investigations will be emphasized throughout the program. We expect students to finish the program with a strong understanding of the scientific and mathematical concepts that help us investigate the world around us.

In the fall quarter we will study fundamental concepts in Earth science such as geologic time, plate tectonics, and earth materials supported by explorations into the atomic structure and bonding. We will focus on skill building in the laboratory with the goal of doing meaningful field and lab work later in the year. Winter quarter will focus on Earth processes such as nutrient cycling and climate change supported by the study of stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, and kinetics. Quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis of data will be emphasized throughout the program and students will participate in weekly geology and chemistry content-based workshops focusing on improving mathematical skills. Opportunities will be available for field work and to explore topics of interest through individual and group projects.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
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Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 12th, 2013 New program added.