ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (CH34)

Requirements for the ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY B.S. Degree

Students have an option of earning a B.S. in the Environmental Chemistry that is ACS-Certified or not.  The ACS certified version is recommended for those who intend to apply to graduate school in Chemistry.  The Non-Certified program is designed to prepare students to enter the industrial, government, or legal workforce, or to continue studies in some of the environmental sciences. Click here to read more about the Learning Objectives for the Environmental Chemistry major.


The following courses must be taken for a letter grade, unless that is not permitted:

Lower-Division Requirements

  1. General chemistry including laboratory (CHEM 6A-6C or 6AH-6CH and 7LM or 7L, or equivalent).
  2. Calculus (MATH 20A-20D, or equivalent).
  3. Calculus-based physics including laboratory (PHYS 2A-2B and 2C or 2D or equivalent, and either 2BL, 2CL or 2DL.  PHYS 2CL is recommended).

Upper-Division, mostly, Requirements

  1. Two quarters of organic chemistry (CHEM 140A-B).
  2. Physical chemistry (CHEM 130-132 recommended or Chem. 126-127).
  3. Four advanced laboratory courses (CHEM 100A, 100B (or CHEM 100B and BL if taken prior to WI15), 105A and 143A).
  4. Two quarters of environmental chemistry (CHEM 171-172**).
  5. Atmospheric chemistry (CHEM 173)
  6. Marine chemistry (CHEM 174).
  7. Electives:  Any four with at least two upper division among: CHEM 114A, 120A, 140C, 143C, 166, BILD 1*, 2*, 3*, BIEB 121, 140, 144, 176, ESYS 101, SIO 50, 101, 102, 103, 144, MATH 183, or others (including labs) by petition.  One- 4 unit CHEM 199 by petition.  
*BILD 1, 2 and 3 must be satisfied with course work.  Advanced placement (AP), A-Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will not be accepted toward the elective requirements.

For ACS Certification

Replace the four electives required above by CHEM 140C, 114A, and 120A, and two labs from among CHEM 143B, 143C, 143D, 108, 109, 123, 105B.

Recommended (but not required) Electives

Non-science elective courses used to meet General Education requirements or chosen as free electives might well include some among:  ECON 1, 2, 3, 131, 132, HIUS 154, Poli. SCI 10, 160AA, 162, Soc. 185, USP 2, 124, 144, 171.



Suggested Program for Environmental Chemistry B.S. Major

(ACS certification requires additional courses and eliminates electives)

(Talk to your college for planning general education courses)

Many courses have enforced prerequisites or are offered once per year.

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

FRESHMAN YEAR
CHEM 6A CHEM 6B CHEM 6C
MATH 20A MATH 20B CHEM 7L
PHYS 2A Math 20C
SOPHOMORE YEAR
CHEM 100A* CHEM 140B PHYS 2CL
CHEM 140A CHEM 143A PHYS 2C/2D
MATH 20D PHYS 2B
JUNIOR YEAR
CHEM 171 (149A) * CHEM 172 (149B) CHEM 173
CHEM 130 CHEM 131 CHEM 132
Elective Elective Elective
SENIOR YEAR
CHEM 105A CHEM 100B-BL CHEM 174
Elective

* Best time to study abroad. Education Abroad Program deadlines for upcoming year vary by country. See EAP website. See the Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Advisor for assistance in planning to study abroad.

** Prior to Fall 2012, the course numbers for “Environmental Chemistry” were CHEM 149A and 149B.

Environmental Chemistry Major Checklist


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