Chemistry 125/126: Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Residues in Michigan Waters, May 20 – June 12, 2019

Instructor: Levi Mielke


Applications will remain open until all seats are filled. This is a special environmental chemistry research section of Chemistry 125/126 to be held at the UM Biological Station  (4-hours North of Ann Arbor, MI). An additional 1 credit chemistry independent study will be offered concurrently with the course for a total of 3 credits enrollment during the spring term.  If you have more questions please contact Dr. Lisa Bradshaw at
Note that financial aid applications for spring/summer open on February 1, and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (more information here.) We strongly encourage students who are applying for financial aid to do so as soon as possible. Students must pay regular tuition for spring term credit hours.

umbs-image-4The course runs May 12- June 3, 2020.  You will live at the Biological Station where your room and board is covered by a grant from the UM Provost’s Office. Transportation to and from the UM Biological Station is provided. Note: There may be some class activities on weekends, so students should not plan to take weekends away from the station.

See link for living at the UM Biological Station

In it, you will

  • Work in the field to sample plants, animals, water, and sediment
  • Develop sampling strategies
  • Use sophisticated scientific instrumentation in the lab
  • Analyze composition and contaminants of concern

As a class project you will undertake an analysis of personal care products and pharmaceuticals residue in the waters of Northern Michigan.  The class will serve as a mock contract lab for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.  You will develop sampling strategies, undertake water and sediment quality lab analyses, analyze results, and write up and present a technical report for your client.

This is a field class, you will meet morning and afternoon, five days per week as scheduled by instructorsThis allows flexible time for lectures, field trips, lab shifts, sampling and client meetings. It leaves time for enjoying the unique scenery, recreational opportunities and community of the Biological Station.