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Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry

Human advancement and industrialization over the last two centuries is dramatically altering and reshaping the World’s environments.  Land, water and air pollution, deforestation and habitat destruction, and atmospheric emissions that are impacting global climate are some of the major challenges that human kind is facing. To help mitigate the impact of these changes, we need well educated people that can define the scope of these problems and work towards developing innovative technologies that can answer these environmental challenges.  The Environmental Chemistry program at WOU prepares students with the fundamental skillsets and core knowledge to be part of the solution. Core coursework in this program is interdisciplinary and draws on the fields of chemistry, biology, earth sciences, computer science and mathematics. Topics covered include an in depth analysis of environmental and ecosystem dynamics, current energy and resource utilization, and the development of green chemistry and other important technological advances.

Chemistry Major – Environmental Chemistry Option (74 Credits):

 – CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (15)
 – CH 312 Quantitative Analysis (4)
 – CH 313 Instrumental Analysis (4)
 – CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (9)
 – CH 337 Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
 – CH 338 Organic Chemistry Lab (2)
 – CH 340 Elementary Physical Chemistry (4)
 – CH 350W Chemical Literature (1)
 – Ch 371 Environmental Chemistry (3)
 – CH 407W Seminar (1)
 – CH 412 Inorganic Chemistry of the Environment (4)
 – CH 450 Biochemistry I (3)
 – CH 461W, 462W Experimental Chemistry (4)
 – BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology (15)
 – MTH 243 Probability and Statistics (4)

 

The B.A. requires MTH252, CH121 or 161 and the completion of the third term of the second year of a modern language. The B.S. requires a combined 12 credit hours of coursework in mathematics and computer science including MTH252 and CS121 or 161.  For this major the six hours of writing intensive coursework should come from CH350W, CH407W, CH461W and CH462W. The sequence PH201, 202, 203 or PH211, 212, 213 is to be completed as the LACC science requirement.  GEOG 105 is to be taken as part of the Social Science component of the LACC.  This major requires completion of the Environmental Chemistry Minor

 

Environmental Chemistry Minor (27-29 Credits)

 – CH 310 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
 – CH 361 Energy and Resources in Perspective (3)
 – ES 201, 202 Principles of Geology (8)
ES 473 Environmental Geology (4)
Choose one (4)

 

 – ES 341 Geographic Information Systems (4)
 – ES 492 Advances GIS Applications in Earth Science (4)
 – GEOG 341 Geographic Information Systems (4)
Electives: Choose 6-7 credits
 – BI 357 General Ecology (4)
 – BI 331 General Microbiology (4)
 – BI 361 Marine Ecology
 – CH 161 Fundamentals of Photography for Forensic Science
 – CH345 Introduction to Toxicology (3)
 – CH360 Nuclear Chemistry (3)
 – CH 401 Research (1-3)
 – CH 409 Practicum (1)
 – ES 331 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
 – ES 460 Energy and Mineral Resources (3)
 – ES 476 Hydrology (3)
 – ES 492 Advanced GIS Applications in Earth Science (4)
 – GEOG 393 Soils Geography (4)

 

This minor is available to non-chemistry majors. If an Earth Science major selects this minor, ES 201,202, and 473 will be replaced by CH223, CH371 and one additional science course approved by an adviser.  If a Biology major chooses this minor, CH371 will be a required elective.

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