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Introduction to Geochemistry (GEOL 220)

This is a course that teaches how chemistry and geology can be used together in order to understand Earth processes, as well as how they can be applied in environmental studies. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the chemical processes by which the Earth was formed and modified, and by which it is still being modified today. The class covers topics such as how the Earth has changed over its history; how minerals form and what they tell us about the Earth; how rare-earth elements and isotopes can be used to answer questions about the Earth, it's history, and it's interior; and why to volcanoes behave the way that they do.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites CHEM 106 or equivalent
Offered Spring
Programs Biochemistry (B.S.)

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand basic chemical principles as they apply to geological problems.
  • Understand how chemical bonding relates to minerals and rocks.
  • Understand where elements come from and why they are distributed throughout the universe the way that they are.
  • Understand how isotopes are used to solve geologic questions.