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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.

The Chemistry Program at Lake Superior State University is now accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS).  According to the 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimator, more people are employed as chemists and chemical technicians than in any other job classification in the life and physical science occupations ( With many free electives and a common general education core, a chemistry degree can also be used in combination with other majors or minors such as pre-professional (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary, law, etc.),  engineering, business, biology, and many more to match student interest and career plans.

Graduates with a bachelor of science in chemistry work in many disciplines and industries, and many proceed on to graduate school in natural sciences, medicine, law, and engineering. Internships in chemistry are encouraged where students can gain valuable real-world work experience while gaining college credit. In addition, students pursuing the ACS certified degree will participate in an applied research project in close collaboration with faculty members to address meaningful chemical-based problems. These projects, through the excellent preparation they provide our students, are often cited as important factors in successful job searches and entry into graduate programs.

The LSSU chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society, and may provide certified degrees in Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry Pre-Professional, and Environmental Chemistry if a student chooses this track.  In addition, the BS in Chemistry  Secondary Education degree may also be certified by the ACS.  Graduates completing the prescribed requirements are awarded an ACS certificate signifying their completion of the approved degree and can qualify for membership in the Society upon graduation.

American Chemical Society
Committee on Professional Training
155 Sixteenth Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036


Degree Requirements

Chemistry (46 - 47 credits)

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 5
  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM251 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • CHEM261 Inorganic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • CHEM341 Environmental Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM353 Introductory Toxicology 3
  • CHEM361 Physical Chemistry I 4  or
  • CHEM362 Physical Chemisty II 3
  • CHEM/EVRN395 Junior Seminar 1
  • CHEM/EVRN499 Senior Seminar 1

For American Chemical Society certified degree, additionally required (total lab hours must be at least 400 hours).  See Department Chair for special rules regarding ACS certification:

  • EVRN495 Senior Project 2
  • CHEM Electives 300 level or higher (4 Cr min)

Environmental Science (16 credits)

Biology (15 credits)

Support Courses (19-20 credits)

  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3 or
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4 and
  • MATH152 Calculus II 4 or
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Science I 4 and
  • EGNR140 Linear Algebra Num Methods Engineers 2 and
  • EGNR245 Calculus Applications for Technology 3
  • Two semesters of College Physics with Laboratory 8
  • Directed Elective (3-4)
  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soils 4
  • BIOL345 Limnology 3
  • BIOL126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photography 2
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • BIOL285 Epidemiology 3
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health Applications 4
  • EVRN325 Geospatial Analysis III 3
  • EVRN490 Independent Study in Environmental Science 3-4
  • Environmental Science Directed Elective (3-4)
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Material Management 4
  • GEOL121 Physical and Historical Geology I 4
  • GEOL411 Hydrologic Systems: Surface and Groundwater 4
  • INTD399 Internship in Environmental Chemistry 3-4

 General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.50 or higher.  A gpa of 2.50 or higher is also required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Core Requirements.

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