Graduate Courses in Environmental Chemistry
For a full listing of department courses please see the UAF course catalog.
CHEM 601 /ATM 601 Introduction to Atmospheric Science:
Fundamentals of atmospheric science. Includes energy and mass conservation, internal energy and entropy, atmospheric water vapor, cloud microphysics, equations of motion, hydrostatics, phase oxidation, heterogeneous chemistry, the ozone layer, fundamentals of biogeochemical cycles, solar and terrestrial radiation and radiative-convective equilibrium. Also includes molecular, cloud and aerosol absorption and scattering.
CHEM 605 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry:
Introduction to the field of environmental chemistry. The course content is centered on the application of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics to understanding chemical speciation, transformation and partitioning in the aquatic environment including surface water, ground water, and atmospheric systems.
CHEM 606 / ATM 606 Atmospheric Chemistry:
Chemistry of the lower atmosphere (troposphere and stratosphere) including photochemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, box modeling, biogeochemical cycles and measurement techniques for atmospheric pollutants; study of important impacts to the atmosphere which result from anthropogenic emissions of pollutants, including acid rain, the "greenhouse" effect, urban smog and stratospheric ozone depletion.
CHEM 605/GEOS 633 Environmental Geochemistry:
This course is focused on advanced topics related to the chemistry of natural aquatic systems. Emphasis is placed on heterogeneous mineral fluid interactions such as sorption, dissolution and precipitation that control the distribution and fate of trace aquatic species.
CHEM 612 Chemometrics:
Strategies and methods used by analytical chemists to maximize the chemical information content of data obtained in chemical measurements (i.e. chemometrics). Methods include univariate and multivariate approaches. Topics include the design of experiments, sampling, instrumental calibration and prediction, robust statistical methods, data preprocessing and pattern recognition. Emphasis on examples in optical spectroscopy, field analytical chemistry and iterative investigations.
CHEM 631 / ATM 631 Environmental Fate and Transport:
Examination of the physical properties that govern the behavior, fate and transport of contaminants released into the environment. Topics include air-water partitioning and exchange, organic solvent-water partitioning, diffusion, sorption, chemical and biological transformation reactions, and modeling concepts.
CHEM 632 Molecular Spectroscopy:
Application of quantum mechanics to molecular bonding and spectroscopy. Topics include: applications of lasers to probe chemical reactivity, photochemistry and the detection of trace compounds in mixtures. Variable content. May be repeated for credit.
CHEM 655 Environmental Biochemistry and Toxicology:
The thrust of the course is toward environmental biochemistry where the environment is broadly defined to include the home, the workplace and lifestyle, as well as the great out-of-doors. A major focus will be on those general properties and principles which determine how poisonous (toxic) various chemicals are. Major natural and synthetic chemicals in the environment of developed and developing countries will be reviewed.
CHEM 660 / MSL 660 Chemical Oceanography:
An integrated study of the chemical, biological and physical processes that determine the distribution of chemical variables in the sea. The distribution of stable and radioisotopes are used to follow complex chemical cycles, with particular emphasis on the cycles of nutrient elements. The chemistry of carbon is considered in detail. The implications of the recently explored mid-ocean ridge vent system to ocean chemistry are examined.
CHEM 691 Research Presentation Techniques
CHEM 692 Chemistry Seminar
Graduate Courses in Related Topics
Students in Environmental Chemistry have a wide range of additional course offerings available in Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology. Some of the courses commonly used to satisfy elective requirements are listed below.
ATM 613 Atmospheric Radiation
ATM 615 Cloud Physics
ATM 645 and 646 Atmospheric Dynamics
GEOS 614 Ice Physics
GEOS 615 Sea Ice
GEOS 618 Introduction to Geochemistry
GEOS 619 Advanced X-ray Spectroscopy
CE 663 Groundwater Dynamics
ENVE 641 Aquatic Chemistry
ENVE 642 Contaminant Hydrology
ENVE 651 Environmental Risk Assessment
ENVE 652 Introduction to Toxicology for Engineers and Scientists
ENVE 658 Energy and the Environment