The Environmental Science/Chemistry major uniquely combines the natural and social sciences relevant to understanding the biosphere and its interaction with human society. In order to more deeply appreciate and explore how humans interact with – and have an impact on – their environment, students take courses that lay the scientific foundations for the physical world. They combine that education with coursework about the social, political, legal, and economic factors that both encourage and hinder environmental cooperation and competition around the world. The Chemistry track in Environmental Science is designed for students who are interested in a scientific perspective on environmental issues and who seek core training in the study of the structure, properties, and reactions of chemical elements and the compounds they form.

Career Path

Graduates will be prepared for careers with organizations including environmental protection agencies, research institutes, private companies, and consulting firms. Graduates will also be well positioned for graduate studies in environmental science, chemistry, public policy.

Divisional Foundation courses:

  • Mathematical Foundations 1 & 2
  • Integrated Science 1 & 2
  • Integrated Science 3 & 4
  • Scientific Writing and Communication

Interdisciplinary Studies courses:

  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Applied Environmental Science and Policy
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Dynamic Earth and Oceans: Physical and Biological Sciences for the Environment
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Environmental Economics

Disciplinary Studies courses:

  • Organic Chemistry: Core Concepts for Environmental Science
  • Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Air Pollution Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Fate of Organic Compounds
  • Chemical Transformation of Environmental Contaminants