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Chemistry Option

Chemical compounds compose all of the living and non-living aspects of our environment. Understanding of the chemical composition and chemical processes of our environment is a critical foundation of environmental science. Human impacts on the chemical composition and chemical processes of our environment are growing, and this is reflected in increasing concern for monitoring and regulation of chemical alterations of our environment. The chemistry option is designed to broadly educate students in environmental science, with more in-depth study of the chemical composition and processes of our environment.

Environmental chemistry issues frequently become legal issues. There is a societal need for individuals trained in chemistry, environmental science, and law. The course of study of the environmental science major is designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental law.

Human health may also be impacted by adverse changes in the chemistry of our environment and the course of study of the chemistry option is also designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental medicine or environmental health.

Several faculty of the Environmental Science Program conduct active research projects related to the chemistry option, providing opportunities for students to participate in the faculty’s research program, conduct supervised independent research, and to present and/or publish their research.

Graduates in this option are anticipated to be successful in finding employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for admission to graduate programs in chemistry and the environmental sciences, as well as, medical and law school programs.

Environmental Science: Chemistry Option (91-95 Hours Required)

BI 163 Evolution & Ecology (4)
BI 332 General Ecology (3)
BS 105 Environmental Biology (3)
CH 185/085/005 General Chemistry (5)
CH 186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CH 187 Inorganic Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis (2)
CH 271 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (5)
CH 341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 342 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1) 
EC 344 Environmental Economics (3)
EN 190 Writing & the Environment (3)
EV 400 Health Physics (3)
EV 201 Environmental Science Seminar I (1)
EV 401 Environmental Science Seminar II (1)
EV 454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
EV 481-483 Internship (3) OR EV 491-493 Research (3)
EV xxx EV Course (300-500 level) (3)
GO 110 Physical Geology (3)
GO 365 Environmental Soil Science (3)
GO 460 Environmental Hydrology (3)
MA 139 Applied Calculus (3) (Logical Systems) OR MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
MA 223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
PH 120 Introductory Physics I (5)
PH 121 Introductory Physics II (5)
UI 429 Environmental Ethics (3)
UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)

Choose 6 hours from:

UI 331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
UI 360 Recycling & Waste Management (3)
UI 373 Earth and Life through Time (3)
UI 386 Environmental Health (3)
UI 387 Environmental Law and Public Policy (3)

Choose 2 Courses from:

CH 313 Physical Chemistry Lab (3)
CH 343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
CH 344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
CH 391-393 Undergraduate research (1-3)
CH 447 Advanced 1 &2 Dim NMR Techniques (3)
CH 545 Organic Preparations & Characterizations (3)
CH 575 Chemical Instrumentation (4)
CH 531/UI331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3) 

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