GEOL 554. Contaminants in Groundwater. 3 Hours N.
This course introduces the basics of groundwater flow, water quality, and contaminant transport from a qualitative perspective. The course also surveys common groundwater pollutants, such as heavy metals, organic compounds, radionuclides, salts, non-aqueous phase liquids, risk analysis, and forensic hydrogeology. Students are expected to work together to complete weekly reading assignments. A course field trip forms the basis for a term report that is expected to incorporate concepts and tools covered during the lectures and readings. This course requires no calculations, but mathematical and chemical terms are presented. Prerequisite: One semester of general chemistry, and at least one 100 level course or higher in Geology or physical geography (GEOG 104 or GEOG 105), or permission of the instructor. LEC.
Why study geology? In Geology you get to apply techniques and knowledge from chemistry, physics, biology and math to answer important questions about Earth processes, history and future. Geologists are in demand to evaluate geologic hazards, evaluate natural resources, and understand the environment. The B.S. program provides intensive training in geology and other sciences. B.S. majors may emphasize traditional geology, environmental geology (with a specialized track in hydrogeology), engineering geology, geophysics, or earth and space science licensure. The hydrogeology track, the engineering geology option, and the geophysics option combine basic training in geology with training in mathematics, engineering, physics, and geophysics. The environmental geology option combines training in geology with many different sciences.
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