Aquatic and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

Aquatic and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
An in-depth treatment of global biogeochemical cycles, focusing on cycles of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Special attention will be given to the microbial mediated transformations and the impact of human disturbances in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall even years
Course Outcomes

Biogeochemical cycling

Understand the fundamentals of biogeochemical cycling in soils, air, and water

Microbial ecology

Understand the importance of microorganisms, microbial-mediated processes, and ecology (i.e., bacteria and fungi) in dictating and altering cycling

Critical thinking, experimental design, and statistics

Possess the ability to design and execute a biogeochemical experiment from understanding the problem to the statistics that properly fit the experimental design

Spiritual aspects of cycling

Gain a deeper appreciation of how the natural world works and a desire to promote environmental stewardship to safeguard our or Earth