Mar 01, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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GEOL 2310 - Water and Pollution

The interrelationship between geologic and hydrologic principles and technology as they relate to the use of water resources and the environmental problems associated with its pollution.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Pillar: Natural Sciences
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2AS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMNS Natural Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Know how pesticides contaminate the environment and their effect on living organisms.
  • Know the different physical properties of waters and their role in groundwater movement.
  • Know the different types of population growth and the different stages in population growth.
  • Know the effect of excess nitrogen and phosphorous in aquatic systems.
  • Know the effects of contamination of lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic in living organisms.
  • Know the effects of petroleum spills on living organisms.
  • Know the impact of burning of fossil fuels in the nitrogen, sulfur, and mercury cycles, as well as in the distribution of heavy metals in the environment.
  • Know the main sources of pollution for surface and groundwaters.
  • Understand how ecosystems work, the food web and the Eltonian Pyramid.
  • Understand how the chemical cycles of nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur, and mercury work and the impact of man in those cycles.
  • Understand how the hydrologic cycle works and its different parts.
  • Understand the factors that determine the concentration of oxygen in water and the role of bacteria and organic matter in this parameter.
  • Understand the origin of groundwater and how contaminants move in groundwater.
  • Understand the origin of petroleum and the fate of petroleum contaminants in waters.
  • Understand the process of eutrophication and its impact on fish and other aquatic organisms.
  • Understand the purpose of the different wastewater treatment methods and how they work.
  • Understand the role of bacteria as decomposers and their role in biochemical oxygen demand.
  • Understand the role of thermal pollution in aquatic systems and its effects on living organisms.

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