Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry Combined Major

This major combines the areas of chemistry (CHEM) and environmental studies (ENVS) and is aimed at giving students a broad-based understanding of the complex nature of environmental problems. There is a minimum of 15 required units (CHEM: 103-104, 221-222, 205, 306, 341 or 342, and two of four advanced labs.  Requirements from the environmental studies department include:  ENVS 101, ENVS335, three (3) environmental science and policy (ESP) courses, and 2 ENVS electives.  Note: ENVS 101 must be completed by the end of the fourth semester.  One of the ENVS electives must be a cross-listed social science course.

Other required courses - Math 135-136 is required of all majors. One year of physics is required of all chemistry majors 103-104 or 151-152. Note that the calculus and physics courses are prerequisites for physical chemistry 341, which is typically a third-year chemistry sequence)

Typical Course of Study for the Environmental Chemistry Combined Major

1st year    
CHEM 103-104 General Chemistry
CHEM 205 (pre-req: 104) (or following yr)
ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies    

2nd year
CHEM 221-222 Organic Chemistry 
ENVS Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) course    
ENVS Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) course
CHEM 205 Quantitative Analysis (if not taken during 1st year)
3rd year
CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry*  OR  CHEM 342 Thermodynamics & Kinetics*
CHEM 306 Environmental Chemistry
ENVS 335 Foundations of Environmental Thought   
ENVS Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) course
*Note: Either 341 OR 342 must be taken
4th year
Choice of two upper level chemistry labs**
ENVS elective
ENVS elective
ENVS Senior Seminar

**NOTE: A minimum of two upper-level, 0.5 unit advanced laboratory courses selected from 351, 352, 353, and 452.