Aug 18, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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CV 500 - Environmental Chemistry

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Course topics include the following: (1) electroneutrality and its application to water analysis; (2) rates of chemical and biochemical reactions; (3) acid-base reactions and the carbonate system; (4) complexation reactions and chelation; (5) precipitation and dissolution reactions; (6) oxidation-reduction reactions; (7) a survey of organic chemistry and how organic compounds react and behave in the environment; (8) adsorption reactions; and (9) a survey of environmental laboratory procedures and analytical techniques in environmental chemistry. Students will also participate in several labs that will illustrate the course topics, including alkalinity, BOD/COD, lime/soda-ash softening, and carbon adsorption.  (prereq: graduate standing in MSCV program)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the principles underlying the chemical transformations that take place in groundwater, surface water, and in water and wastewater treatment processes 
  • Apply the principles of water chemistry to the design of selected water/wastewater and soil/groundwater remediation processes 
  • Identify the various classes of organic compounds and how organic compounds behave and react in the environment 
  • Understand the field and laboratory procedures involved in the sampling and analysis of water and soil samples

Prerequisites by Topic
  • One year of general chemistry required

Dr. Frank Mahuta

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