2018 Advanced Geochemistry

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yoshida Naohiro  Toyoda Sakae  Yamada Keita 
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Course description and aims

Geochemistry is a discipline that aims to portray the whole and detailed chemical picture of nature that includes the Earth, solar system, and universe. This course explains geochemical point of view that intends to understand objects/phenomena from behavior of elements, chemical compounds, and isotopes. It also focuses on experimental methods, and developments in interdisciplinary research fields.
The contents of Environmental chemistry (CAP.I405) course is reviewed from a wide point of view. We explain how the analytical methods instructed in Environmental analytical chemistry (CAP.I415) is applied to understanding of compositions of the Earth/universe and their cycles, as well as basic knowledge for Material cycle analysis (CAP.I535)

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Understand the concept of geochemistry that is based on fundamental knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, geoscience etc.
(2) Understand the effectiveness and impact of geochemistry that serves as a basis for earth science, environmental science, ecology, geobiology, etc.


History of the Earth, Geosphere, Earth's surface environment, elements and isotopes

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Two‒thirds of each class is devoted to fundamentals and the rest to advanced content or application. At the end of each class, students are given excercise problems to confirm their understanding of the lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, origin of elements, isotopes Read the chapter 1 of the text book.
Class 2 Formation and evolution of the solar system and the earth Read the chapters 2-4 of the text book.
Class 3 Soils, rocks, minerals, and magmas Read the chapters 3, 5, 6, and 11 of the text book.
Class 4 Atmosphere Read the chapter 8 of the text book.
Class 5 Ocean and land water Read the chapters 9 and 11 of the text book.
Class 6 Geochemistry of organic material Read the chapter 10 of the text book.
Class 7 Role of biosphere Read the chapter 7 of the text book.
Class 8 Local and global environmental change Read the chapter 12 of the text book.


Matsuhisa Y and T Akagi, Introduction to Geochemistry, Baihu‒kan (In Japanese) ISBN978‒4‒563‒04901‒0

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed at the beginning of class when necessary and elaborated on using PowerPoint slides. PowerPoint documents that are ti be used in class will be made available in advance via the OCW system. Students are expected to use these documents for preparation and review purposes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Scores are based on exercise problems (50%) and final exam (50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I405 : Environmental Chemistry
  • CAP.I419 : Analytical Techniques for Environmental Chemistry
  • CAP.I536 : Advanced Material Cycle Analysis

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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