Chemical Sciences (Yellow) Track

The Environmental Chemical Sciences Track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of chemical principles and a working knowledge of basic chemical concepts as applied in the environment. This track aims to produce scientists capable of tackling environmental problems in which chemical and molecular processes play an important role. It also lays a strong foundation for graduate or professional training in environmental chemistry. Students must complete at least 33 s.h. of Environmental Chemical Sciences Track course work.

For help planning your courses, please see the yellow track's Example Plan of Study, or contact the ES Program's undergraduate academic advisor, Hannah Whitcomb: 

Environmental Chemical Sciences Foundation

These three courses:

CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry I 3 s.h.
CHEM:3120 Analytical Chemistry II 3 s.h.
CHEM:3250 Inorganic Chemistry 3 s.h.

and 9 s.h. from the following list (at least 3 s.h. must be lab hours):

CEE:4150 Environmental Chemistry 3 s.h.
CHEM:2220 Organic Chemistry II 3 s.h.
CHEM:2410 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3 s.h.
CHEM:3110 Analytical Chemistry I 3 s.h.
CHEM:3440 Physical Measurements Lab 3 s.h.
CHEM:3530 Inorganic Chemistry Lab 3 s.h.
CHEM:4430 Principles of Physical Chemistry 3 s.h.
CHEM:4431 Physical Chemistry I 3 s.h.
CHEM:4432 Physical Chemistry II 3 s.h.
CHEM:4450 Synthesis and Measurement 3 s.h.

Field / Laboratory Course

CHEM:3430 Analytical Measurements 3 s.h.

Environmental Chemical Sciences Electives

At least 9 s.h. from these:

BIOC:3110 Biochemistry 3 s.h.
CEE:4158 Solid and Hazardous Wastes 3 s.h.
CHEM:3994 Undergraduate Research ARR
CHEM:4760 Radiochemistry: Energy, Medicine, Environment 3 s.h.
CHEM:4873 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry 3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 4 s.h.
EES:4640 Contaminant Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Applied Environmental Geology 3 s.h.
ENVS:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans 3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology 3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation 3 s.h.

Students may petition their Environmental Science advisor to use other appropriate 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level courses as electives.

Policy Course

At least 3 s.h. from the following list: 


BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs 3 s.h.
ECON:3330 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics 3 s.h.
EES:1115 Energy and Society: History and Science of Oil 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 Water Resources 3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 Environmental Impact Analysis 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice 3 s.h.