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Environmental Chemistry (B.S.)

This major provides students with a strong foundation in chemistry and in the environmental sciences. Courses in a variety of disciplines prepare the student well to work in this rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field.  Students planning to be professional environmental chemists are strongly encouraged to seek related summer internships and to take more than the minimum coursework in areas related to the environment.

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in environmental chemistry will:

  • demonstrate competency in conducting an internal or external research project.
  • possess scientific literacy and problem solving skills associated with the main branches of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical and environmental.
  • be able to solve problems dealing with soil, water and atmospheric chemistry, toxic chemicals and waste disposal.
  • possess practical field skills including environmental sampling and analysis.
  • demonstrate competency in conducting a trace analysis.
  • be able to critically analyze current environmental issues from a scientific standpoint.
  • be prepared for employment in environmental chemistry or admission into an environmental or chemistry-related graduate or professional program.

Major Requirements

The B.S. degree in environmental chemistry requires all courses in Section A and Section D, one course in Section B and two courses from Section C.

It is expected that the course from Section B will have an environmental chemistry focus.

Section A

  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 200 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 240 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM XXX Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 330 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 370 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 4XX Chemistry Capstone I
  • CHEM 4XX Chemistry Capstone II
  • CHEM 430 Advanced Topics in Environmental Chemistry

Section B

  • CHEM 490 Problems in Chemistry
  • CHEM 495 Independent Study

Section C

  • ENSC 250 Meteorology & Air Quality Assessment
  • GEOL 150 Earth Systems
  • GEOL 210 Principles of Hydrogeology
  • ENSC 111 Introduction to Environmental Studies or BIO 116 Conservation Biology

Section D

  • MATH 181 Calculus I
  • MATH 182 Calculus II
  • PHYS 174 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 184 Introductory Physics II