Geology-Chemistry

Geochemistry involves two different emphases. Low-temperature geochemistry involves study of chemical and biochemical processes on and near Earth’s surface, including land, oceans and freshwater bodies, and how the geochemical record reflects climate conditions. High-temperature geochemistry includes study of formation and evolution of the Earth and other planets, magma formation and properties, volcanic activity, and metamorphism. The AB degree requires a total of 14 courses, including 5 geoscience courses and 4 chemistry courses, and a few supporting math and physics courses. The ScB degree requires a total of 20 courses, including 7 geoscience courses and 4 chemistry courses, either with an organic or an inorganic focus, plus some supporting math and physics courses and one research course. Geoscience courses emphasize a process-oriented approach, with hands-on experiences in labs and on field trips. There is a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and on practice in communication. There are many opportunities for students to do research work for pay during the academic year or in the summer, in areas such as experimental studies of magma formation, and analyzing lunar rock samples for water content.

Standard program for the A.B. degree

Recommended for students seeking a liberal education and interested in applying physical and chemical principles toward an understanding of Earth history, Earth processes, and environmental and resource issues.

Basic supporting science courses
Select two courses in mathematics at the level of:2
Introductory Calculus, Part I (or more advanced)
Introductory Calculus, Part II (or more advanced)
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
PHYS 0050Foundations of Mechanics (or a more advanced course, or advanced placement.)1
or ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
Concentration courses
GEOL 0220Physical Processes in Geology1
GEOL 0230Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes1
GEOL 0240Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet1
Three additional chemistry courses3
Select one of the following Series:2
Mineralogy
   and Petrology
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
   and Environmental Geochemistry
Two additional courses from upper level geological sciences, math, or supporting sciences with approval from the department concentration advisor. 2
Total Credits14

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

This program is recommended for students interested in graduate study and careers in geochemistry and related fields.

Basic Supporting Science Courses:
Select two courses in mathematics at the level of:2
Introductory Calculus, Part I (or more advanced)
Introductory Calculus, Part II (or more advanced)
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
Select one of the following series:2
Foundations of Mechanics
   and Foundations of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics 1
Introduction to Engineering
or a more advanced course
Concentration Courses:
Either the geochemistry/inorganic option or the geochemistry/organic option:10
Geochemistry/Inorganic Option:
Physical Processes in Geology
Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes
Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Environmental Geochemistry
Mineralogy
Petrology
Plus one from:
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Structural Geology
Three from:
Organic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Geochemistry/Organic Option:
Physical Processes in Geology
Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes
Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Environmental Geochemistry
Mineralogy
Plus one from:
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Environmental Stable Isotopes
Three Chemistry courses:
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Plus one additional chemistry course
Four additional courses from upper level geological sciences, mathematics, or supporting sciences with approval of the departmental concentration advisor4
GEOL 1970Individual Study of Geologic Problems1
Total Credits20
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Advanced placement may be substituted for the first semester of physics.