Spring 2009 Courses

100. Environmental Geology and Hydrology
Peter Lea T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
An introduction to aspects of geology and hydrology that affect the environment and land use. Topics include watersheds and surface-water quality, groundwater contamination, coastal erosion, and landslides. Weekly labs and field trips examine local environmental problems affecting Maine rivers, lakes, and coast.
202. Mineralogy
Eben Rose M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Mineral chemistry and crystallography are explored through hand specimen identification, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectrometry, and phase diagrams. Emphasis is placed on mineral associations, and on the genesis of minerals in igneous and metamorphic rocks.
205. Environmental Chemistry
Dharni Vasudevan M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Focuses on two key processes that influence human and wildlife exposure to potentially harmful substances—chemical speciation and transformation. Equilibrium principles as applied to acid-base, complexation, precipitation, and dissolution reactions are used to explore organic and inorganic compound speciation in natural and polluted waters; quantitative approaches are emphasized. The kinetics and mechanisms of organic compound transformation via hydrolysis, oxidation, reduction, and photochemical reactions are examined; environmental conditions and chemical structural criteria that influence reactivity are emphasized. Weekly laboratory sections are concerned with the detection and quantification of organic and inorganic compounds in air, water, and soils/sediments.
265. Geophysics
Edward Laine T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
An introduction to the interior of the earth, the geophysical basis of plate tectonics, and exploration geophysics. Emphasis on seismic methods. A problem-based service learning course involving work on projects in support of community partners.
393. Advanced Seminar in Geology
Eben Rose M 6:30 - 9:25
Offers students the opportunity to synthesize work done in geology courses, to critically read and discuss articles, to listen to speakers prominent in the discipline, and to write scientific essays. Specific topic varies by year; possible topics include Global Environmental Changes in the Oceans, Estuaries, and Mountain Belts. Required for the major in geology. Open to junior or senior geology majors or minors, or interdisciplinary majors in geology-chemistry and geology-physics.