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Environmental Analysis I is an introduction to fundamental techniques and methods of chemical and physical analysis used by technicians in the environmental field. These methods are also extensively employed in industry, food, health, agricultural and forensic sciences. The course is broken into two modules.

Module I: The first module is dedicated to building a foundation for environmental analysis. In the first part of module 1, the student is introduced to key concepts such as quality assurance, good laboratory practices and basic analytical laboratory techniques. The student will also be introduced to common methods used in environmental analysis of soil, air and water, including gravimetric analysis, titrations, spectrophotometry, and gas chromatography. An emphasis will be on the theory and practice of performing precise and accurate chemical measurements with estimates of the associated uncertainties.

Module II. The second part of the course applies the techniques and knowledge from module 1 with a focus on the properties of soils and the methods used in their characterization.