Environmental and Contaminant Geochemistry

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental and Contaminant Geochemistry

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course examines the characteristics, source and fate of metals and organic contaminants in natural and urban environments. Primary and secondary dispersion of elements and weather processes. Principles of vapour, water, soil, drainage sediments, rocks and vegetation geochemistry as applied to environmental assessments; aqueous geochemistry and contaminant modelling, with reference to Australian case studies. Introduction to sampling, analytical techniques and design of environmental surveys.
    Note/s: Fieldwork of up to 3 days duration will involve geochemical surveys at a contaminated site and students will incur some personal costs.
    Assumed knowledge of level 1 geology, geography or chemistry.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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