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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Degree Programs

Major in Environmental Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry

NOTE:  The information below applies to students entering DU in the fall of 2016 or later. Degree requirements prior to this date may be found here.

This degree has been designed for students who want to pursue a career in the area of environmental chemistry. Because many environmental problems are chemically related and solving them requires an application of chemical knowledge, this degree provides an excellent preparation for working in almost any environmental area. Among the many options for students who opt for this degree are graduate school in some area of environmental science or working in a variety of environmentally related fields.

A minimum of 47 quarter hours of chemistry courses is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry. Students must also take BIOL 10XX, 10 credits, and one year of environmental systems in addition to one year of calculus and one year of physics, preferably University Physics. Of the two minors required with this degree, one must be in biology or geography. The other minor can be completed in any discipline. The Common Curriculum Requirements must be fulfilled. Courses required for the major automatically fulfill the requirement for Scientific Inquiry - Natural and Physical World (SI-NS).

Required Chemistry Courses

  • General Chemistry I, II and Lab, 8 Credits
  • Chemistry of the Elements, 4 Credits
  • Organic Chemistry I, II, III and Lab, 12 Credits
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 4 Credits
  • Physical Chemistry I, 3 Credits
  • Atmospheric Chemistry, 3 Credits
  • Environmental Toxicology, 3 Credits
  • Aquatic Chemistry, 3 Credits
  • Instrumental Analysis, 4 Credits
  • Chemistry Frontiers, 3 Credits