295 Chemistry of Marine Organic Carbon

This class will develop students understanding of the chemistry of carbon in natural systems.  Concepts of organic carbon structure, functional groups, reactivity, biomolecules, enzyme catalysis and basic biochemical pathways will be introduced.  The course will use examples of environmentally relevant biomarkers to teach some of these basic principles and metabolism will be taught through examples of environmentally relevant microorganisms. 

This course is a bridge between introductory level chemistry and upper level marine science courses in which students are expected to have a background in the chemistry of organic carbon relevant to living or once living systems.