Master’s studies

Syllabus for Hydrochemistry



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1HY111
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-05-09
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 31, 2017
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with (1) 90 credits in earth science or biology, or (2) 90 credits in technology or physics and 30 credits in earth science or environmental science. 5 credits in inorganic chemistry are recommended.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to

  • describe the major hydrogeochemical processes and parameters that control metal mobility in an aquatic system
  • for aquatic systems, quantify mass balance relations and thermodynamic reactions
  • determine concentrations of dissolved substances and rates of reactions based on the principles of chemical kinetics
  • explain the differences in water composition that are observed in the environment as a result of differences in soil, geology, climate and chemical reactions


Introduction to hydrochemistry, with special emphasis on geochemical processes at low temperature. The student will attain an improved understanding for processes that control the composition of water in environments where water - mineral interactions dominate (e.g. in groundwater). Acid - base reactions in natural water, the carbonate system, oxidation and reduction processes, mineral precipitation and dissolution, and metal speciation.


Lectures, seminars and exercises.


Grading is based on exercises and exercises (2 credits) and a  oral and written exam (3 credits)

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 31, 2017

  • Appelo, C. Anthony J.; Postma, Dieke Geochemistry, groundwater and pollution

    2. ed.: Leiden: Balkema, cop. 2005

    Find in the library