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General Chemistry Lab - CHEM 125/126 ARC

2 credits for CHEM 125/126; 1 credit independent study

Dates: May 12 - June 3, 2020

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructor: Levi Mielke

To ENROLL: Visit the Authentic Research Connections (ARC) website for an application (available Feb. 8, 2019). To help with your Winter schedule planning, you may email Lisa Bradshaw, ARC Program Officer, to be placed on a "pre-selected list" for this class.

Tuition and Fees*

  Michigan Resident Non-Resident
Tuition (3 cr.)

$2,193 (L)

$2,439 (U)

$6,648 (L)

$7,098 (U)

Registration Fee $82.10 $82.10
Room and Board $782 $782

*Posted tuition rates are for 3 credits and are based on U-M Registrar's listing for LSA students. You should confirm your tuition rate with the official schedule at the Office of the Registrar.


Course Description

This is a special environmental chemistry Authentic Research Connections (ARC) section of Chemistry 125/126. In it, you will Learn environmental chemistry as you undertake an analysis of personal care products and pharmaceuticals residue in the waters of Northern Michigan. Your class functions as a mock contract lab for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. You will develop sampling strategies, analyze water and sediment quality, and deliver a technical report for your client.

Because this is a field class, you will meet morning and afternoon, five days per week as scheduled by instructors. This allows flexible time for lectures, field trips, lab shifts, sampling and client meetings. 

You will live at the Biological Station for the duration of the course; your room and board is covered by UMBS Transforming Learning scholarships.

On a cold May day, students collected water samples from Black Lake and its tributaries to test for personal care products like sunscreen residue and antibiotics, as well as heavy metals.