UC Davis offers an incredible array of undergraduate and graduate environmental coursework. This includes a diverse range of classes in air pollution, atmospheric chemistry, meteorology, and air quality engineering as well as a great variety of courses in water chemistry and physics; soil chemistry, physics, and microbiology; environmental monitoring; toxicology; and analytical chemistry. More information about available courses is available from the University Course Catalog. Relevant courses are offered through Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Environmental Toxicology, Hydrology, Soils & Biogeochemistry, and many other groups on campus.
Fundamentals of Atmospheric Pollution (ATM 6)
Offered every Fall quarter. ATM 6 is a non-quantitative, general education course on air pollution for undergraduate students. Topics include the evolution of the earth’s atmosphere, dispersion of pollution, photochemical smog, health effects of pollutants, indoor air pollution, acid rain, the ozone hole, and global warming.
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry (ATM 160)
Offered every Winter quarter. ATM 160 is intended for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. We first briefly review the concepts and atmospheric applications of chemical equilibria, kinetics, and photochemistry. We then quantitatively examine the chemistry of the atmosphere through topics such as gas-phase photochemistry, photochemical smog, acid formation, stratospheric ozone depletion, and global climate change.
Atmospheric Chemistry (ATM 260)
Offered alternate Spring quarters. This graduate course focuses on the heterogeneous chemistry in the atmosphere, i.e., the chemical and physical interactions between the gas phase and condensed phases such as aerosol particles, cloud and fog drops, and snow. Much of the material covered in the class is from recent journal articles. Examples of topics include: particle formation and growth; effects of particles on visibility; photochemical reactions in condensed phases; mass transport between the gas phase and particles/drops; reactions of metals, organics, and oxidants in atmospheric particles and drops; snow chemistry; climatic effects of particles; and the health effects of particles.