This course is designed as an overview of the biogeochemical processes affecting elemental cycling in global environmental systems. At the end of this course, students should be able to 1) describe the major theories and scientists involved in the development of the discipline of biogeochemistry, 2) explain and apply quantitative and qualitative approaches of studying biogeochemical cycles, 3) summarize the biogeochemical properties of the major global systems (terrestrial, atmospheric, and oceanic systems), 4) describe the processes in the carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur cycles, and relate these processes to global patterns of productivity, pollution, and consequences of environmental change.
Credits: 3 Semesters Offered: Spring General Education Requirement Course: No
Prerequisites: BSC 2005 and BSC 2005L or BSC 2010 and BSC 2010L and CHM 2045 and 2045L Textbook: Mackenzie, F.T. Our Changing Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change. 4th Edition. 2010. Prentice Hall.