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Lake Superior State University

Environmental Chemistry: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


Environmental chemists seek to understand and address environmental problems within the context of chemical systems. While environmental chemistry is truly an interdisciplinary field, the particular emphasis on examining natural systems through chemistry and chemical analysis focuses the graduate more firmly within the physical sciences. Key features of this program include course work on environmental impact assessment, air and water chemistry. By seeking solutions for such chemically based environmental problems as water pollution, hazardous wastes, and acid rain, environmental chemists help ensure a safe, healthful environment for all living things.



Degree Requirements


Biology (15 credits)

Chemistry (44 credits)

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • CHEM341 Environmental Chemistry I: Water and Water Pollution Control 4
  • CHEM342 Environmental Chemistry II: Air and Solid Wastes 4
  • CHEM353 Introductory Toxicoloty 3
  • CHEM361 Physical Chemistry 4
  • CHEM451 Introductory Biochemistry 4

Environmental Science (15-17 credits)

Other Departments (26-27 credits)

  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • MATH152 Calculus II 4
  • PHYS221 Elements of Physics I 4
  • PHYS222 Elements of Physics II 4
  • Directed Elective 3-4
  • Directed Elective 3-4

Directed Electives (included Other Departments requirements)

  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soils 4
  • BIOL345 Limnology 3
  • EVRN126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photography 2
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS and GPS 2
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • EVRN285 Epidemiology 3
  • EVRN325 Geospatial Analysis III 3
  • EVRN490 Independent Study in Environmental Science 3-4
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Material Management 4
  • GEOL121 Physical and Historical Geology I 4
  • GEOL122 Physical and Historical Geology II 4
  • GEOL411 Hydrologic Systems: Surface and Groundwater 4
  • INTD399 Internship in Environmental Chemistry 3-4

Students are required to satisfy general education requirements (natural science requirements are met by directed electives courses) and free electives so that 124 semester credits are earned.

General Education

  • COMM101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities 4
  • HUMN Approved Humanities Elective 3-4
  • SOCY Approved Social Science Electives 6-8
    • Approved Social Science Diversity 3-4

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.