Teaching

I teach courses in environmental engineering, aquatic chemistry and biogeochemistry. The following are a brief summary and syllabi for my classes:

CIE 653 – Applied Aquatic Chemistry

This is an advanced graduate class in understanding aquatic chemical systems through thermodynamic chemical equilibrium techniques. The theory and principles of stoichiometry and chemical thermodynamics are discussed, including non-ideal effects. Acid-base, precipitation-dissolution, aqueous coordination and oxidation-reduction reactions are discussed by solving chemical equilibrium problems. Chemical equilibrium software is used and applied in the solution of problems.

CIE 657 – Biogeochemistry

This graduate class involves the study of the transport and cycling of major elements in environmental systems. The role of human activity in disturbing element cycles is emphasized. The class includes lectures and discussion of papers in the literature. The class focuses on the biogeochemistry of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus, metallic cations and mercury, and the interaction of these elements. The class involves interpretation, and oral and written presentations of biogeochemical data by students.

CIE 600 – Field class in Hydrologic and Biogeochemical methods

This class was largely organized for the benefit of students in the EMPOWER program. It was very successful. It will be taught again during summer 2019. The field course will be taught in Rwanda June 1-16, 2018. I am participating in this class.


Syracuse University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

151 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-3434 (phone)
(315) 443-1243 (fax)
ctdrisco@syr.edu