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 Course Title:   Environmental Chemistry


 Department:    CHEM

 Course #:    301

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6.25

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Study of the source, fate, and reactivity of compounds in natural and polluted environments. Emphasis will be placed on climate change, air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, pollution and treatment of water sources, and the utilization of insecticides and herbicides.


Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 and admission to BASEC program or Department Chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 33

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the chemistry of the stratospheric ozone layer and of the important ozone depletion processes.
  2. Understand the chemistry of important tropospheric processes, including photochemical smog and acid precipitation.
  3. Understand the basic physics of the greenhouse effect, the sources and sinks of the family of greenhouse gases, and the implication for climate change.
  4. Understand the nature, reactivity, and environmental fates of toxic organic and inorganic chemicals.
  5. Understand the chemistry of natural waters and of their pollution and purification.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.2 Correctly apply logical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve problems.
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.

Course Contents

  1. Stratospheric chemistry
  2. Air pollution
  3. The greenhouse effect
  4. Water chemistry and water pollution
  5. Heavy metals, pesticides, and toxic organic compounds
  6. Soils and sediments