Freshwater Geochemistry 7.5 credits

Second cycle, L7021K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 05 Nov 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study
Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geosciences

Entry requirements

90 credits in geoscience.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

After the course the student should

- be able to apply general geochemical principles that regulate the abundance and geochemical character of elements in freshwater

- be able to analyse and explain the biogeochemical processes that influence the concentrations of metals and nutrient elements in freshwaters

- be able to perform basic qualitative and quantitative interpretations of field data, and construct box models based on these interpretations




pH and alkalinity
Redox reactions
Geochemical weathering and mobility
Clay minerals
Isotope geochemistry – basic theory on stable carbon and sulphur isotopes, and the use of 210Pb as a dating method
Sediments as environmental archives
Quantitative geochemical calculations


The course is given as a series of lectures and exercises. The course also contains one practical lab assignment where effects of photosynthesis and growth of algae in freshwater are studied. The exercises provide training in interpreting and explaining field data, and will provide a deeper understanding of the theoretical parts of the course.



The theoretical parts of the course are examined with a written, individual exam, graded 3, 4, 5.


The course is a specialization in Freshwater Geochemistry based on the course L0047K Environmental Geochemistry.

Anders Widerlund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature will be recommended during the course.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0010Written examG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA13