Sep 30, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CH 353 - Fundamentals of Environmental Chem

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
In this course, the basic chemistry principles discussed in Chemistry I (CH 200 ) are applied to provide an understanding of the environment, and to explain what effect certain actions have on it. Natural processes in the atmosphere, waterways, and solid waste system are explained, disruptions to the natural systems are chronicled, and then solutions to these disruptions are suggested. Toxicology of heavy metals and pesticides is explained. Important issues like climate change are discussed. Modern methods of bioremediation are introduced. Since there are no cut and dried answers to environmental problems, nor are these problems static in their identity or scope, a process of scientific thinking will be stressed throughout the course. (prereq: CH 200 , CH 200A  or CH 200B  and junior standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand basic chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Understand the ozone layer
  • Understand air pollution
  • Understand climate change
  • Understand toxic chemicals
  • Understand water pollution and treatment
  • Understand basics of solid waste
  • Understand bioremediation methods

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Ozone layer
  • Air pollution
  • Greenhouse effect and global warming
  • Water pollution and treatment
  • Organic toxins
  • Toxic heavy metals
  • Municipal waste and contamination of soils
  • Modern methods of bioremediation

Dr. Anne Alexander

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