Earth Matters: Geology and Chemistry


Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters

Taught by

physical chemistry
geology, earth science, biogeochemistry


Proficiency in intermediate algebra

This interdisciplinary, introductory-level program will explore topics in physical geology and general chemistry. It is designed for students with a desire to have a broader and deeper understanding of the Earth, the structure of matter that makes up the Earth, and their interconnectedness. The study of lab and field sciences through rigorous, quantitative, and interdisciplinary investigations will be emphasized throughout the program. We expect students to finish the program with a strong understanding of the scientific and mathematical concepts that help us investigate the world around us.

In the fall quarter we will study fundamental concepts in Earth science such as geologic time, plate tectonics, and earth materials supported by explorations into the atomic structure and bonding. We will focus on skill building in the laboratory with the goal of doing meaningful field and lab work later in the year. Winter quarter will focus on Earth processes such as nutrient cycling and climate change supported by the study of stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry, and kinetics. Quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis of data will be emphasized throughout the program and students will participate in weekly geology and chemistry content-based workshops focusing on improving mathematical skills. Opportunities will be available for field work and to explore topics of interest through individual and group projects.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in geology, environmental sciences, chemistry, natural sciences, science teaching

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.


Date Revision
February 12th, 2013 New program added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 48


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10214
So - Sr (16 credits): 10217

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students wishing to join the program must pass the final exams from fall quarter. Please contact the faculty  via email  for the exams and additional information.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20187
So - Sr (16 credits): 20188
(1-16 credits): 20634

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