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CHM 400 Chemistry of the Earth (3 credits)

This course examines the chemical processes that control the distribution, speciation, and transfer of essential elements and energy in natural systems. Topics include: the concept of the Earth as a biogeochemical system; the use of quantitative methods to model the chemical fluxes of elements on a global scale; dominant chemical reactions in natural environments, evolution of metabolic pathways; the biogeochemical cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and select heavy metals under natural and anthropogenically-influenced conditions.

CHM 340 is a prerequisite or a co-requisite to CHM 400. This prerequisite may be waived with permission of the Chemistry Department Chair.