Course code:



M - Intermediate

Meets the following requirements:

  • QR - Quantitative Reasoning
  • ES - Environmental Science

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

The goal of this class is to improve students’ understanding of the properties of the earth’s atmosphere and hydrosphere, of the processes that maintain them, and of threats to them.

Roughly the first half of the term will focus on the atmosphere (e.g. ozone depletion, urban and indoor air quality, and climate change). The rest of the term will focus on the hydrosphere (e.g. eutrophication, acidification and contamination by organic and metallic toxins).

Evaluations will be based on weekly homework exercises, weekly lab reports, and a final presentation exploring the chemistry of some environmental issue in more depth than class time allows.



Introductory Chemistry.

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