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General Chemistry Lab - CHEM 125/126

Climate change, smog, lead in drinking water – all of these pressing environmental concerns have chemistry at their core. Take CHEM 125/126 with an environmental focus at the U-M Biological Station to learn about them.

This is a special environmental chemistry Authentic Research Connections section of Chemistry 125/126. In it, you will

  • work in the field to sample plants, animals, water, and sediment,
  • develop sampling strategies,
  • use sophisticated scientific instrumentation in the lab,
  • analyze composition and contaminants of concern.

As a class project you will undertake a study of storm water pollution during spring melt in Northern Michigan. Your class will serve as a mock contract lab for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. You will develop sampling strategies, undertake water and sediment quality lab analyses,
analyze results, and write up and present a technical report for your client.

Because this is a field class, you will meet morning and afternoon, five days per week as scheduled by instructors. This allows flexible time for lectures, field trips, lab shifts, sampling and client meetings. And it leaves time for enjoying the unique scenery, recreational opportunities and community of the Biological Station.

Note: The course runs May 21- June 10, 2017, but you will enroll for fall term credit. You live at the Biological Station for the duration of the course. Your room and board is covered by a grant from the UM Provost’s Office.


Credits: 2

Meets: May 21 - June 10, 2017

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructor: Steve Bertman

To ENROLL: Contact Julianne Vernon, Program Officer, with questions. Visit the Authentic Research Connections website for an application.