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CHEM304 Environmental Chemistry

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Chemistry of the lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. Fate, transport, and biogeochemical cycling of inorganic and organic chemicals among the compartments of the Earth.

CHEM 304 introduces fundamental theory in environmental chemistry. Key concepts are learned through linked modules and laboratories that focus on the chemistry of the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. These concepts are then used to explore chemical oceanography and global biogeochemical cycles.

Paper title Environmental Chemistry
Paper code CHEM304
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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18 200-level CHEM points
CHEM 204
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 201
Schedule C
This is an important paper for chemistry and other science majors interested in gaining knowledge and understanding of the environment. CHEM 304 has been designed for chemistry majors and other students with a strong chemistry background.

Professor Russell Frew
Tel 64 3 479 7907
Location: Mellor Laboratories, 1.19

Professor Russell Frew

Teaching staff

Dr Christina McGraw
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Russell Frew

Paper Structure
  • Chemistry of the Lithosphere
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Chemistry of the Hydrosphere
Teaching Arrangements

Lecture Course: 36 lectures covering the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere.

Laboratory Course: 11 laboratory sessions (4 hours each), divided into two sections. In the first section, skills are developed through designed laboratory experiments. In the second section, students design and carry out their own field-based project.

Highly Recommended:
Environmental Chemistry: A Global Perspective, G. van Loon and S. Duffy (3rd Edition) (2011) Oxford University Press: Oxford
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the chemical formation of soils and their chemical properties
  • Understand the chemical composition of the Earth's atmosphere
  • Perform calculations important to atmospheric chemistry
  • Understand the physical and chemical properties of water
  • Create and use computer models for biogeochemical cycling
  • Use partition coefficients in predicting and understanding chemical behaviour in the environment
  • Understand bioaccumulation and biomagnification
  • Be proficient in the use of basic statistical approaches common in environmental chemistry
  • Gain laboratory skills needed for common methods of quantifying chemicals in environmental matrices
  • Gain skills for collecting samples in the environment and designing a sampling protocol

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Not offered in 2020

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This paper is taught On Campus
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