2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

NEW! Last Updated: 11/25/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Nick Lalena chemistry

Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter

Major areas of study include introductory environmental chemistry, scientific writing and student’s independent research projects.

Class Standing: This lower-division program is designed for 50% freshmen and 50% sophomores.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background. Contact faculty at the Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work over the December break.

This program will provide students with an introduction to chemistry using environmental issues as a motivating theme. We will use chemistry to understand environmental problems such as climate change, the ozone hole, bioaccumulation of toxins, and acid rain. We will investigate questions such as: What should we do about global warming? Why does the ozone hole form in the Antarctic spring?

Fall quarter, we will focus on chemistry topics such as stoichiometry and molecular shapes; winter quarter we will move to equilibrium and chemical kinetics. Students will be introduced to topics in chemistry primarily through workshops and small-group activities as well as through lab experience. We will also have a seminar series that introduces students to other important environmental issues. Scientific writing and library research are primary elements of the program and students will attend weekly library workshop sessions. Winter quarter students will research an environmental problem of their choosing.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 23

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in environmental studies, chemistry, environmental policy and science.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Environmental Studies

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 4th, 2008 This is a new program, not published in the catalog.
June 12th, 2008 Sharon Anthony will not be teaching this program. A new instructor will be announced at a later date.
August 25th, 2008 Nick Lalena has joined this program as faculty
November 25th, 2008 Winter enrollment details added.