The Environmental Chemical Sciences Track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of chemical principles and a working knowledge of basic chemical concepts as applied in the environment. This track aims to produce scientists capable of tackling environmental problems in which chemical and molecular processes play an important role. It also lays a strong foundation for graduate or professional training in environmental chemistry. Students must complete at least 33 s.h. of Environmental Chemical Sciences Track course work for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences degree.

Bachelor of Science students in the Chemical Sciences track must complete the following coursework:

Coursework Requirements
Title Hours
Chemical Sciences Track: Foundation 18
Chemical Sciences Track: Lab and Field Study 3
Chemical Sciences Track: Electives 9
Chemical Sciences Track: Policy 3
Total Hours 33

For help planning your courses, please contact the Environmental Science Program's undergraduate academic advisor.

Environmental Chemical Sciences Foundation (18 s.h.)

All three of these courses:

CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry I (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3120 Spectroscopy and Separations (formerly Analytical Chemistry II) (Spring only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3250 Inorganic Chemistry (Spring only) 3 s.h.

and 9 s.h. from the following list (at least 3 s.h. must be lab hours):

CHEM:2220 Organic Chemistry II (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
CHEM:2410 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3110 Equilibria and Electrochemistry (formerly Analytical Chemistry I) (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3440 Physical Measurements Lab (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3530 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:4430 Principles of Physical Chemistry (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:4431 Chemical Thermodynamics (formerly Physical Chemistry I) (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:4432 Quantum Mechanics & Chemical Kinetics (formerly Physical Chemistry II) (Spring only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:4450 Synthesis and Measurement (Spring only) 3 s.h.


Laboratory and Field Study Course (3 s.h.)

CHEM:3430 Analytical Measurements (Spring only) 3 s.h.


Environmental Chemical Sciences Electives (9 s.h.)

At least 9 s.h. from the following list. Additional field courses or foundation courses may also be used for elective credit:

BIOC:3110 Biochemistry (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
CEE:4150 Environmental Chemistry (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CEE:4158 Solid and Hazardous Wastes (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3994 Undergraduate Research (Fall and Spring) ARR
CHEM:4760 Radiochemistry: Energy, Medicine, Environment (Spring only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:4873 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:2020 Earth's Climate System (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:2200 Historical Geology (Spring only) 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry (Currently on hiatus) 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology (Fall only) 4 s.h.
EES:4640 Contaminant Hydrogeology (Spring only) 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Applied Environmental Geology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
ENVS:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.
ENVS:3230 Special Topics  1-4 s.h.
GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4310 Climate Change (Spring only) 3 s.h.

NOTE: Students may petition their Environmental Science advisor to use other appropriate 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level courses as electives.

Policy Course (3 s.h.)

At least 3 s.h. from the following list:

BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs (Fall only) 3 s.h.
ECON:3625 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:1115 Energy and Society: History and Science of Oil (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 Water Resources (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice (Fall only) 3 s.h.
PBAF:2020 Environmental and Society: Sustainability, Policy, and Politics (Fall only) 3 s.h.