Environmental Analysis

Fall 2018
Winter 2019
Spring 2019
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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Well-designed and accurate chemical, biogeochemical measurements are key to assessing the processes in natural ecosystems. This is a field- and laboratory-intensive science program designed for students with solid preparations in general chemistry, geology, and precalculus math, as well as biology, who want to pursue more advanced investigations of bio-geo-chemical systems. Students will study statistics, geochemistry, analytical chemistry, and GIS programming. Instrumental techniques of chemical analysis will be developed in an advanced laboratory. Program work will emphasize quantitative analysis, quality control procedures, research design, and technical writing. During fall and winter quarters (taught by Robin Bond and Abir Biswas), we will address topics in carbon and nutrient cycling in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, in addition to analytical chemistry, GIS, statistics, and instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Students will participate in group projects studying water quality, organic matter, and nutrient cycling processes of local watersheds. Analytical procedures based on EPA, USGS, and other guidelines will be utilized to measure major and trace anion and cation concentrations and weathering rates in natural systems, in support of studies of biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and metals through the environment. Computers and statistical methods will be used extensively for data analysis and simulation, as well as for work with GIS. Fall and winter credit equivalencies include analytical chemistry and instrumentation, aqueous geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and field methods in terrestrial biogeochemistry. In the fall we will take a weeklong field trip to collect natural waters from diverse geochemical regions. These samples will form the basis for testing and evaluating chemical analysis methods and for developing a quantitative assessment of the geochemistry of natural waters. In the winter students will collect and analyze samples from a suite of ecosystem compartments (e.g., soil horizons, leaves, woody debris, biota) to quantify nutrient storage and cycling on the landscape. Spring quarter (taught by Robin Bond) will be devoted to extensive project work building on skills developed in the fall and winter. Students will conduct hypothesis-driven experimental design, sample collection, analysis, and statistical interpretations prior to presenting their results in both oral and written form to conclude the year.

Registration

Enrollment Conditions

New students accepted in winter and spring with signature.  They should have a substantive background in analytical chemistry, geochemistry, water analysis, and GIS. Contact or meet with faculty at the Academic Fairs for respective quarters. New students will need to complete some catch-up work during breaks.

Prerequisites

General chemistry sequence (multiple quarters, ~16 credits), one quarter of college (physical) geology (~4 credits), and one year of college algebra or precalculus mathematics required. Background in biology and additional background in geology are recommended.

Fall 2018 Registration

Students must demonstrate that they meet the prerequisites using the application available online.  Contact faculty by email for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10011
So - Sr (1 - 16): 10304
Winter 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students must have a substantive background in analytical chemistry,  geochemistry, water analysis, and GIS. Contact or meet with faculty at the Academic Fair in December 2018. New students will need to complete some catch-up work during winter break.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20003
So - Sr (1 - 16): 20191
Spring 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students must have a substantive background in analytical chemistry,  geochemistry, water analysis, and GIS. Contact or meet with faculty at the Academic Fair in March 2019. New students will need to complete some catch-up work during spring break.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30002
So - Sr (1 - 16): 30167

Academic details

Preparatory For

hydrology, chemistry, earth sciences, chemical instrumentation, environmental analysis and environmental fieldwork.

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$600 for an extended overnight field trip in fall quarter.

Upper Division Science Credit

Up to 48 upper-division science credits may be awarded in the following disciplines: Analytical chemistry, aqueous geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and chemical instrumentation. Contact faculty for further details. 

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person (F)
In Person (W)
In Person (S)
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

LAB 2 3221 - Class Lab
Location
Olympia
Revisions
DateRevision 2018-08-14 description updated to reflect faculty teaching per quarter 2018-08-10 overnight field trip fee increased to $600