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Students wishing to complete a BSc specialising in Environmental Geochemistry as part of the BSc Earth Science Programme will take the following subjects over a three year period, followed by a fourth honours year, subject to satisfactory progress. The modules that the students will take are as follows.
 
All students in the department take the same first year curricula of Geo-Environmental Science
First Semester GEOM 124 - Introduction to Human-Environmental Systems
Second Semester GEOM 154 - Introduction to Earth System Science
     
In the second year onwards, students may elect to take the following subjects to specialise in Environmental Geochemistry. Students doing so must still take the compulsory subjects for the BSc Earth Science Program
     
Second Year First Semester OGC 214 - Introduction to Environmental Geochemistry
Third Year First Semester OGC 314 - Environmental Geochemistry
     
In brackets after the subject name is given the number of credits the subject is worth, the number of lectures, the length of the practical session in hours and the language specification). NOTE that Environmental Geochemistry is not a stand alone programme and must be taken as part of the BSc Earth Science Programme
 

GEOM 124 - Introduction to Human-Environmental Systems (16, 3L, 3P, T)

Nature of human geography; demography of world population; food resources; Urbanisation: models of urban structure, functional areas of cities, cities in developing countries; Politico-geographical organisation:nations and states in conflict, regions in the news; environmental systems on a global scale; fluvial, arid, karst, coastal and glacial environments, ecosystems and humans; utilisation of environmental resources; global occurrence, use and depletion of non-renewable energy, water and soil resources.
 
GEOM 154 - Introduction to Earth Systems Science (16, 3L, 3P, T)

Introduction to earth systems science; star-forming processes; the solar system and the Earth; internal Earth processes; mineral- and rock-forming processes; origin of magma and igneous rocks; external structure of the Earth; formation of continents; plate tectonics; sedimentary rocks and the geological record; geological time scale; metamorphic rocks and mountain building; humans and tectonics; earthquakes and volcanoes; the hydrosphere; surface water processes; groundwater processes; theory of the origin and evolution of life.
 

OGC214 - Introduction to Environmental Geochemistry (16, 3L, 3P, T)

The natural geochemical cycles of elements at the surface of the Earth, as well as effects of human activities upon these cycles; the distribution and transport of chemical substances between the atmospheric, continental and marine environments; interactions between chemical, geological, physical and biological environmental processes; analysis of environmental geochemical data (geochemical modelling techniques and methods).
PP Geology 214, 244
P Chemistry 114, 154
Lecturer Dr Cathy Clarke
 
OGC314 - Environmental Geochemistry (16, 3L, 3P, T)

Anthropogenic activities and associated pollution in soil and aqueous and atmospheric environments, e.g. heavy metals, radionuclides, toxic organic compounds, petroleum products and acid mine drainage. Sampling, analysis and monitoring studies in modern environments. Geochemical techniques used to obtain records of long-term environmental change. The basic principles of stable and radiogenic isotope techniques applied to environmental case studies. Geochemical models and biogeochemical cycles.
PP Environmental Geochemistry 214
PP Chemistry 214, 244
PP Mathematics 114 or
PP Mathematics (Bio) 124
Lecturer Prof Alakendra Roychoudhury