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Bachelor of Science 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 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?

LTU is situated in a productive, vital and economically diverse region that is one of the world’s great centers for entrepreneurship, technological achievement and innovation. Opportunities to solve real problems and network, find mentors, intern and co-op with Fortune 500 and other leading companies abound.

"The ACS Approval Program promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals."

Taubman Center

Environmental Chemistry



Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry Flowchart 2020-2021  PDF 

123 credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 Pathways to Research Careers 1
COM 1103 College Composition 3
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 1223 University Chemistry 2 3
CHM 1231 University Chemistry 2 Lab 1
BIO 1223 Biology 2 3
BIO 1231 Biology 2 Lab 1
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
   TOTAL 15

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 2313 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2311 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM 2343 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 2352 Analytical Chemistry Lab 2
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 2323 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 2321 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
   TOTAL 14

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3434 Physical Chemistry 2 4
CHM 3441 Physical Chemistry 2 Lab 1
CHM 3452 Intermed. Inorganic Chemistry* 2
CHM 3403 Biochemistry 3
CHM 3411 Biochemistry Lab 1
CHM 3001 Computational Chemistry 1 1
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3423 Physical Chemistry 1 3
CHM 3431 Physical Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM 4632* Instrumental Analysis Lab*  2
MCS 3/4XX3 Mathematics Elective 3
PSC 3002 Leadership in Sci. Research (Jr.) 1
GLG 1103 Geology 3
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 3463* Advanced Synthesis 3
CHM 4001 Computational Chemistry 2 1
CHM 3383* Environmental Chemistry* 3
CHM 4912 Senior Project 1 2
LTT 3/4XX3 Jr./Sr. LLT Elective 3
Jr./Sr. General Elective 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
CHM 4522* Advanced Spectroscopy* 2
CHM 4541* Advanced Spectroscopy Lab* 1
CHM 3392* Environmental Sampling Methods* 2
CHM 3592* Environmental Chemistry 2* 2
CHM 4922 Senior Project 2 2
SSC/PSY 3/4XX3 SSC/PSY Jr./Sr. Elective 3
  General Elective 3
   TOTAL 15

*These courses are offered every two years. An individual plan of work will be developed in consultation with the student's advisor.

For more information contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 248.204.3600,, or visit room S322 in the Science Building.

Environmental Chemistry


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