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Earth's Materials and the Environment

This 16-17 credit certificate is an in-depth exploration of natural resources with emphasis on either the environmental chemistry of soil, or hydrogeology, the role of water in geologic processes.  (16-17 credits required in addition to completion of Understanding the Earth's Processes Certificate) 

Required Courses* (10 credits)

CHEM 110 (GN) Chemical Principles I (3 credits) Basic concepts and quantitative relations. Students may take only one course for General Education credit from CHEM 110 or CHEM 101. Prerequisite: satisfactory performance on the Chemistry and Math FTCAP tests-- i.e., placement beyond the level of CHEM 101 and MATH 022; or CHEM 101 and MATH 022 or MATH 041  

CHEM 112 (GN) Chemical Principles II (3 credits) Continuation of CHEM 110, including an introduction to the chemistry of the elements. Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or CHEM 106

MATH 140 (GQ) Calculus With Analytic Geometry I (4 credits) Functions, limits; analytic geometry; derivatives, differentials, applications; integrals, applications. Students may only take one course for credit from MATH 110, 140, 140A, 140B, and 140H. Prerequisite: MATH 022, MATH 026; or MATH 040 or MATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics FTCAP examination.

MATH 110 (GQ) Techniques of Calculus I (4 credits) Functions, graphs, derivatives, integrals, techniques of differentiation and integration, exponentials, improper integrals, applications. Students may take only one course for credit from MATH 110, 140, 140A, and 140B. Prerequisite: MATH 022 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics FTCAP examination

Select 2 Courses* (6-7 credits) 

Earth Related Emphasis

GEOSC 201 Earth Materials (4 credits) Elements of crystallography and crystal chemistry; origin, occurrence, and identification of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks and their minerals. This course includes from one to several field trips for which an additional charge may be required. Prerequisite: CHEM 110 third-semester standing. Prerequisite or concurrent: GEOSC 001 or GEOSC 020

GEOSC 418 (SOILS 419) Soil Environmental Chemistry (3 credits) Introduction to chemical constituents and processes occurring in soils. Topics include mineral weathering, soil solution chemistry and adsorption of solutes. Prerequisite: CHEM 112, SOILS 101

Water Related Emphasis

GEOSC 412 Water Resources Geochemistry (3 credits) Aqueous geochemistry of silica, alumina, carbonate minerals, and selected metals; organic species in water; isotope geochemistry applied to water. Prerequisite: CHEM 110, CHEM 112

GEOSC 452 Hydrogeology (3 credits) Hydrologic cycle: occurrence, movement, quality, and quantity of groundwater; solute transport; quantitative hydrogeologic methods; role of water in geologic processes. This course has one or more required field trips for which a fee may be charged to the student. Prerequisite: CHEM 112; GEOSC 001, GEOSC 020 or GEOSC 071; MATH 140 or MATH 110

Recommended Courses* Not required to receive the certificate but to receive Natural Sciences General Education (GN) credit for certain chemistry courses requires both lecture and laboratory courses be taken.

CHEM 108 Problem Solving in Chemistry (1 credit) Techniques, strategies, and skills for solving problems in general chemistry for students potentially at risk in CHEM 110. Prerequisite: recommendation by FTCAP, an advisor, or the program  Concurrent: CHEM 110

CHEM 111 (GN) Experimental Chemistry I (1 credit) Introduction to quantitative experimentation in chemistry. Prerequisite or concurrent: CHEM 110 or CHEM 106  (CHEM 110+CHEM 111=GN)

CHEM 113 (GN) Experimental Chemistry II (1 credit) Continuation of CHEM 111, with emphasis on topics related to CHEM 112. Prerequisite: CHEM 111. Prerequisite or concurrent: CHEM 112
(CHEM 112+CHEM 113=GN)

*Students are responsible for meeting all required course prerequisites.