Undergraduate Major:Geochemistry

1. Major Introduction

Geochemistry is a secondary subject of the geological sciences. Geology takes the Earth as the research target, while geochemistry mainly emphasizes elements of the Earth (including the solar system), which focuses on chemical components, chemical reactions and chemical evolution of the Earth, which means that it makes research of the Earth in the way of studying the chemical movement of matter. Geochemistry is a marriage of the interdisciplinary subjects of geology and chemistry, which has become a subject that gives explanation and understanding to questions of the earth sciences. Geochemistry is a science that is very thinking-provocative, comprehensive and practical, requiring people engaged in it to not only master the basic knowledge, theory, and technical ability of modern geology, but also have a solid foundation of mathematics, physics and chemistry, especially the basic theoretical knowledge of modern chemistry, and also should have a good scientific quality and a cooperating spirit. This major is aimed at preparing students in professional geochemistry for a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and mastering solid practical skills morally, intellectually and physically. After a systematic education of geochemistry, students will be provided with theoretical and practical work abilities engaging in geochemistry, as well as comprehensive knowledge and forming a foundation for further studies, and can meet the extensive needs of 21st century society in geochemistry talents, who can not only engage in theoretical research but also be qualified for applicative fields, such as occupying positions in scientific research, production or management in colleges and universities, institutions of scientific research, governmental offices, and departments of land, resources, environment, petroleum, marine, agriculture and urban construction.

2. Academic Objectives

Students will possess basic theories of natural science and a certain scientific knowledge of social science, master elementary knowledge, fundamental theories and basic skills of geochemistry major, and a quest for knowledge independently, have basic abilities to raise questions, analyze and solve problems with a spirit of innovation, also have primary abilities and qualities of engaging in geochemistry and related jobs.

3. Academic Requirements

Graduated students should meet the national requirements of physical education and military training standards for college students. Graduates should acquire several aspects of knowledge and abilities as follows: master basic theories, knowledge and skills of mathematics, physics and chemistry related with solid major fundamental knowledge; master basic theories, skills, operating methods and experimental skills of general geology and geochemistry; master basic theories, and basic abilities to study solid mineral geology, environmental geology and general geochemistry theories; master how to document retrieval and literature reviewing, know the test equipment system about studying and developing main subjects supporting geochemistry, and know the major fundamental issues and application problems about the equipment system.

4. Length of Schooling and Degree

The length of schooling is four years of full-time study. Students will be awarded the Bachelor Degree of Science when they have completed the required minimum credits and have met all other requirements.

5. Core Courses

Specialized Core Courses:Remote Sensing Geology, Geochemistry, Petrochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Computational Geochemistry, Exploration Geochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry, Introduction to Ore Geology, Specialty English for Geochemistry, Modern Geochemical Analysis.

Practice Courses: Physics Experiments, Chemistry Experiments, Geological Survey Field Trip in Beidaihe, Geological Survey Field Trip in Zhoukoudian, Comprehensive Geochemical Practice, Geological Field Trip, Graduation Thesis.