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New undergraduate major in geochemistry approved

July 21, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University trustees have approved a new geochemistry major in WMU's College of Arts and Sciences.

The undergraduate program, becomes one of the few programs in the region that offers students the chance to combine their study of chemistry and geosciences. The addition of the program was in response to the demand in the environmental industry for graduates who have an understanding of geochemical processes. Most schools offer "tracks" within their geology or geosciences programs, but few offer the interdisciplinary approach of a chemistry and geosciences-specific major.

"Our new geochemistry major presents a tremendous opportunity for WMU undergraduates to obtain a rigorous education in the rapidly growing field of environmental geochemistry," says Dr. Carla Koretsky, assistant professor of geosciences. "The carefully balanced curriculum will provide students the fundamental training needed to solve pressing environmental problems."

The major will be offered jointly by the departments of Chemistry and Geosciences and will require the addition of only one additional course. No new costs are associated with the program.

The first class of geochemistry majors will begin classes in this fall.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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