Environmental Chemistry Concentration (68 – 72 Credits)

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. Students earning a B.S. Degree in Chemistry with a Concentration in Environmental Chemistry must complete the Core Chemistry Coursework and the Environmental Concentration Coursework below:


BI 211 Principles of Biology Credits: 5

BI 212 Principles of Biology Credits: 5

CH 310 Environmental Geochemistry Credits: 3

CH 340 Elementary Physical Chemistry Credits: 4

CH354 Computational Chemistry Credits: 3

CH 361 Energy, Resources and the Environment   Credits: 3

CH 371 Environmental Chemistry Credits: 3

CH 412 Inorganic Chemistry of the Environment Credits: 4

ES 201 Principles of Geology Credits: 4

ES 202 Principles of Geology Credits: 4

ES 473 Environmental Geology Credits: 4

MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics Credits: 4

Choose 1 Series Credits: 12

PH 201 General Physics Credits: 4

and PH 202 General Physics Credits: 4

and PH 203 General Physics Credits: 4


PH 211 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

and PH 212 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

and PH 213 General Physics with Calculus Credits: 4

Choose 1 Credits: 4 – 5

BI 213 Principles of Biology Credits: 5

ES 341 Geographic Information Systems I Credits: 4

GEOG 341 Geographic Information Systems Credits: 4

Electives Credits: 6-9

BI 357 General Ecology Credits: 4

BI 331 General Microbiology Credits: 4

BI 361 Marine Ecology Credits: 5

BI 453 Marine Vertebrates Credits: 4

BI 461 Conservation Biology Credits: 4

CH 161 Fundamentals of Photography for Forensic Science Credits: 2

CH 345 Introduction to Toxicology Credits: 3

CH 360 Nuclear Chemistry Credits: 3

CH 401 Research Credits: 1-3

CH 409 Practicum Credits: 1

ES 331 Introduction to Oceanography Credits: 3

ES 341 Geographic Information Systems Credits: 4

ES 342 Geographic Information Systems II Credits: 4

ES 460 Energy and Mineral Resources Credits: 3

ES 476 Hydrology Credits: 3

ES 492 Advanced GIS Applications in Earth Science Credits: 4

GEOG 393 Soils Geography Credits: 4