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Majoring in Chemistry - Environmental

Below is an example curriculum for  Chemistry degree with a concentration in Environmental Chemistry. Please stop by the Chemistry Department (156 Aubert Hall) for more information and discuss how to tailor this degree to your individual career needs. Skip image to text

Curriculum for the B.S. degree in Chemistry with ACS certification and a Concentration in Environmental Chemistry

Introductory Chemistry Courses (9 credits)
CHY 105 (1 cr) Majoring in Chemistry
CHY 121 (3 cr)/CHY 123 (1 cr) Introduction to Chemistry with lab
CHY 122 (3 cr)/CHY 124 (1 cr) Molecular Basis for Chemical Change with lab

Foundation Chemistry Course Work (21 credits)
CHY 242 (5 cr) Principles of Quantitative Analysis
CHY 251 (3cr)/CHY 253 (2 cr) Organic Chemistry I with lab
CHY 252 (3 cr)/CHY 254 (2 cr) Organic Chemistry II with lab
CHY 431 (3 cr) Structure and Mechanism in Biological Chemistry
CHY 461 (3 cr) Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHY 471 (3 cr) Physical Chemistry I

In Depth Chemistry Courses (18-19 credits)
CHY 393 (3 cr) Undergraduate Seminar in Chemistry
CHY 398 (2 cr) Undergraduate Research
CHY 399 (1 cr) Undergraduate Thesis
CHY 475 (3 cr) Physical Chemistry III
CHY 491 (3 cr) Advanced Integrated Lab
Plus two chemistry electives chosen from:
CHY 443 (3 cr) Instrumental Analysis
CHY 450 (3 cr) Introduction to Molecular Modeling
CHY 453 (4 cr) Intermediate Organic Chemistry with lab
CHY 462 (3 cr) Organometallic Chemistry
CHY 472 (3 cr) Physical Chemistry II
CHY 483 (3 cr) Introductory Wood Chemistry

Cognate Courses (30 credits)
PHY 111 or PHY 121 (4 cr) Physics I with lab
PHY 112 or PHY 122 (4 cr) Physics II with lab
MAT 126 (4 cr) Calculus I
MAT 127 (4 cr) Calculus II
MAT 228 (4 cr) Calculus III
MAT 258 (4 cr) Differential Equations
COS 2xx (3 cr) Computer Programming
CMJ 1xx (3 cr) Speech Communication

Concentration in Environmental Chemistry: choose 18 credits (6 courses) from the following list.

ANT 250 – Conservation Anthropology: The Socio-Cultural Dimension of Environmental Issues (3 cr)
ANT 420 – Human Impacts on Ancient Environments (3 cr) (prereqs: 
ANT 101 or EES 100 or permission)
CIE 231 – Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (3 cr) (prereqs: CHY 121, MAT 127)
CIE 431 – Pollutant Fate and Transport (3 cr) (prereqs: CIE 231, MAT 258 or permission)
CIE 439 – Solid Waste and Air Pollution (3 cr) (prereqs: CIE 231
CIE 533 – Environmental Aquatic Chemistry (3 cr) (prereqs: CIE 231)
CIE 534 – Environmental Microbiology (3 cr) (prereqs: CIE 231)
CIE 555 – Environmental Hydrology (3 cr) (prereqs: at least one semester of calculus; not open to engineering majors)
ECO 190 – World Food Supply, Population and the Environment (3 cr)
ECO 581 – Sustainable Resource Systems and Public Policy (3 cr) (prereqs: permission)
ECO 582 – The Human Dimensions of Global Change (3 cr)
EES 100 – Human Population and the Global Environment (3 cr)
EES 200 – Introduction to Safety and Environmental Management (3 cr)
EES 324 – Environmental Protection Law and Policy (3 cr) (prereqs: sophomore standing)
EES 350 – Principles of Environmental Science (3 cr) (prereqs: CHY 101 and MAT 111 or permission
EES 418 – Environmental Assessment and Management Techniques) (3 cr) (prereqs: junior or senior standing)
PHI 232 – Environmental Ethics (3 cr) (prereqs: no first-year students or one course in philosophy)
WLE 323 – Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr) (prereqs: BIO 100)
WST 230 – Women, Health, and the Environment (3 cr) (prereqs: WST 101 or permission)

Electives: 24 credits (used to fulfill the remainder of the general education requirements as necessary)

Total Credits = 120

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156 Aubert Hall
Orono, ME 04469
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Orono, Maine 04469
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