Water and the Environment Minor
Water is one of the simplest molecules on Earth, yet the simple structure of the water molecule yields unique and complex physical properties. Known as a “universal solvent,” water can dissolve a greater range of substances than any other liquid, making it one of the most efficient means of transport for both natural and human-created chemicals around the planet. Just as water brings together and transports a wide range of chemicals, the topic of water also acts as a medium and vehicle for ideas from disparate fields. Virtually all academic disciplines connect to water in some way.