Chemistry Major - Environmental Option (D)

The Environmental Option is intended for students who have a strong interest in chemistry as it relates to environmental issues such as air and water quality, long-term global cycles, and resource management. Often the students who choose this option plan either to seek immediate employment as chemists in areas related to environmental chemistry or to attend graduate school.

To the courses of the Core Option, the Environmental Option adds

  • at least 4 credits of senior-level research; 6 credits are recommended
  • two courses from the list below
  • 01:160:415 Theory and Interpretation of Organic Spectra (3)
  • 01:160:439 Physical Chemistry of the Environment (3)
  • 01:160:451 Analytical Spectroscopy (3)
  • 01:460:401 Introduction to Geochemistry (4)
  • 01:460:417 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
  • 11:375:422 Air sampling and Analysis (3)
  • 11:375:444 Water Chemistry (3)
  • 11:628:472 Chemical Oceanography (4)

With the further addition to the core of one course in Biochemistry, this program leads to American Chemical Society certification, a credential that is valued by some employers.

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Environmental Option and Typical Schedule
FIRST YEAR
Fall Spring
General Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)1
 01:160:161 OR
 01:160:163
General Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:162 OR
 01:160:164
General Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
01:160:171 Either fall or spring
Calculus I (4.0 cr)
 01:640:151
Calculus II (4.0 cr)
 01:640:152
SECOND YEAR
Fall Spring

Organic Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:307 OR
 01:160:3152 (by invitation)

 

Analytical Chemistry (3.0 cr)
01:160:251

 

General Physics (3.0 cr)
 01:750:203

 

General Physics Lab (1.0 cr)
 01:750:205

 

Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)
 01:640:251

Organic Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:308 OR
 01:160:316

 

Organic Chemistry Laboratory3  (2.5 cr)
 01:160:309

 

General Physics (3.0 cr)
 01:750:204

 

General Physics Lab (1.0 cr)
 01:750:206

 

Linear Algebra (3.0 cr)
 01:640:250 OR
Elementary Differential Equations (3.0 cr)
 01:640:252

THIRD YEAR
Fall Spring

Physical Chemistry Lecture (3.0 cr)
 01:160:3274 OR
 01:160:3414

 

Organic Chemistry Laboratory2 (2.5 cr)
 01:160:310

 

Chemical Bonding (1.5 cr)
 01:160:3615

 

Instrumental Analysis (3.0 cr)
 01:160:3486

Physical Chemistry Lecture (3.0 cr)
 01:160:328 OR
 01:160:342

 

Experimental Physical Chemistry (2.5 cr)
 01:160:329

 

Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
 01:160:3715

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Spring

Seminar (1.0 cr)
 01:160:491

 

Research (≥2 cr)
 01:160:495 Independent Study OR
 01:160:497 Honors Research

 

Environmental elective7

Seminar (1.0 cr)
 01:160:492

 

Research (≥2 cr)
 01:160:496 Independent Study OR
 01:160:498 Honors Research

 

Environmental elective7

 

Environmental Option: Course and Scheduling Notes

1 Pre-calculus prerequisite
2 Chem 309 is offered in the spring only; Chem 310 is offered only in the fall only.
3 By invitation only.
4 Chemistry 327 and 341 have Math 251 as a pre-requisite, not as a co-requisite.
  Chemistry 327-328 is acceptable for all Chemistry majors and is required for the Chemical Physics Option.
  Chemistry 341-342 is recommended for students oriented toward the life sciences, and for students taking the Chemical Biology option.
5 Chem 361 and 371 may be deferred for either one or two semesters, if desired. Both 361 and 371 are offered fall and spring. Chem 371 has Chem 361 and Chem 308 or 316 as pre-requisites.
6 Chem 348 has Chem 251 as a pre-requisite. Chem 348 is offered in the fall only; Chem 251 is offered both fall and spring.
7 Students may choose any of the courses from the list below.

  • 01:160:415 Theory and Interpretation of Organic Spectra (3)
  • 01:160:439 Physical Chemistry of the Environment (3)
  • 01:160:451 Analytical Spectroscopy (3)
  • 01:460:401 Introduction to Geochemistry (4)
  • 01:460:417 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
  • 11:375:422 Air sampling and Analysis (3)
  • 11:375:444 Water Chemistry (3)
  • 11:628:472 Chemical Oceanography (4)