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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.

Four basic supporting science courses
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
Three courses to build quantitative skills: 3
Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II (or higher)
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction (or higher)
Dynamics and Vibrations (or higher)
Introductory Calculus, Part I (or higher)
Foundations of Mechanics (or higher)
Ten Concentration courses
EEPS 0220Earth Processes1
EEPS 0230Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes1
EEPS 0240Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet1
Three additional chemistry courses such as: 3
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Biochemistry
Two courses from the following: 2
Mineralogy
Petrology
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Environmental Geochemistry
Two additional upper-level EEPS courses or substitutes with approval from the 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:
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
Four courses to build quantitative skills: 4
Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II (or higher)
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction (or higher)
Dynamics and Vibrations (or higher)
Introductory Calculus, Part I (or higher)
Foundations of Mechanics (or higher)
Fourteen Concentration Courses
EEPS 0220Earth Processes1
EEPS 0230Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes1
EEPS 0240Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet1
EEPS 1370Environmental Geochemistry1
EEPS 1410Mineralogy1
Three additional chemistry courses such as:3
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Biochemistry
Two upper level courses from EEPS2
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Environmental Stable Isotopes
Petrology
Three additional upper-level science or math courses with approval from the concentration advisor3
EEPS 1970Individual Study of Geologic Problems1
Total Credits19