Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Concentration in Environmental Chemistry

What happens to fertilizer after it runs off the lawn and goes down the sewer? How about detergent once it’s poured down the sink? And how does black smoke from an industrial building’s chimney affect the atmosphere? 

These are the kinds of issues environmental chemists try to understand – all within the context of chemical systems. Their strong grounding in laboratory training and chemical theory provides the expertise to address some of our most pressing concerns: pollution prevention, hazardous waste management, chemical health and safety, environmental analysis, inspection and compliance, and the synthesis of biodegradable and photodegradable materials. 

If you find these kinds of problem-solving opportunities stimulating and inspiring, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Environmental Chemistry from LTU might be the degree for you.  Once you’re in this field, you’ll find it is diverse and highly interdisciplinary as it focuses on the toxicity of chemicals and how they affect our natural world. Like other environmental chemists, you’ll draw from your knowledge of the earth’s history and physical makeup, seeking to protect the environment by studying:

  • The chemical fate and mobility of contaminants
  • The chemical processes that affect the toxicity and bioavailability of contaminants
  • The chemical aspects of contaminant remediation and pollution prevention (green chemistry)
  • How physical, analytical, organic and inorganic chemistry can be applied to complex environmental systems

As an environmental chemist, you might work in a laboratory setting – or outside of it, researching, developing, and testing environmentally friendly products. You might also collect and analyze samples, develop remediation programs, advise on safety and environmental emergency response, or deal with government regulations and compliance issues.

Why LTU?

  • You’ll learn from faculty with exciting research programs, industry experience, and professional networks.
  • You’ll learn in small classes with faculty that engage students in active and collaborative learning activities and course-based research experiences.
  • You’ll be a name – not a number. You’ll be advised and mentored by a faculty member in your discipline.
  • You’ll join a tight-knit community of caring faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to join our many science-related student organizations, including our American Chemical Society student chapter.
  • All of our chemistry degree programs are approved by the American Chemical Society, a professional organization that promotes excellence in chemistry education.

ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.




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124 credit-hour program consists of:


Environmental chemists study how chemicals, substances, waste and pollution affect the world around us. They research chemical agents and investigate ways to reduce and prevent environmental hazards.

Typically they work in a research lab or in the field during environmental emergencies, using their knowledge
in chemistry to evaluate risks or provide scientific consultations.

Find work in these fields

Chemical Health and Safety
Hazardous Waste Management
Laboratory or Field Analysis
Pollution Prevention