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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry at Illinois Tech in Chicago

Environmental chemistry is the study of chemical principles and methodologies applicable to environmental phenomena and issues. The only program of its kind in the Chicago area, Illinois Tech’s B.S. in environmental chemistry offers you a rigorous education in traditional chemistry and a structured, interdisciplinary training crossing chemistry and environmental science. Majors in this chemistry-focused environmental science program will learn and discover chemical solutions to environmental issues: pollution of air and water, waste and recycling, climate change, environmental protection and remediation, energy, green chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, environmental instrumental analysis, environmental toxicology, and more.

You will have opportunities to conduct research with chemistry faculty in the areas of biosensor technology for monitoring of pollution, microscopic detection of viruses, green chemistry and organic photochemistry, energy storage materials, and catalysis for solar energy conversion.

You will gain the technical skills to work in environmental science, environmental analytical chemistry, hydrologic science, atmospheric science, environmental toxicology, or environmental health science. You also will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in environmental chemistry or science.

The program prepares students for jobs related to environmental instrumental analysis and environmental control, monitoring, remediation, toxicology in industry and in federal and state government, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), departments of Public Safety, and others.

Program Requirements

Semester 1 Credits
CHEM 124 General Chemistry I 4
CS 105 or Intro to Computer Programming 2
CS110 Computing Principles  
MATH 151 Calculus I 5
Humanities-200 level course 3
    14
Semester 2  
CHEM 100 Introduction to Profession 2
CHEM 125 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 152 Calculus II 5
PHYS 123 General Physics I 4
Social Sciences Elective  3
    18
Semester 3  
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 4
BIOL 107 or General Biology Lectures 3
BIOL 115 Human Biology  
MATH 251 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II 4
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3
    18
Semester 4  
CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 247 Analytical Chemistry 3
MATH 252 Introduction to Differential Equation 4
Humanities Elective (300+) 3
    15
Semester 5  
CHEM 321 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry I 3
IPRO Elective I 3
Free Elective2 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
    16
Semester 6  
CHEM 344 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHEM 434 Spectroscopic Methods 4
CHEM 485 Chemistry Colloquium 1
CHEM 472 Environmental Chemistry 3
Humanities Elective (300+) 3
    15
Semester 7  
CHEM 415 Inorganic Chemistry 3
BIOL 401 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
OR    
BIOL 403 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 473 Environmental Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 463 Analytical Method Development Lab 3
Free Elective2 3
    15/16
Semester 8  
Environmental Chemistry Elective1 3
Environmental Chemistry Elective1 3
CHEM 495 Seminar in Special Topics 1
IPRO Elective II 3
Free Elective2 3
Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3
    16
Total Credit Hours 127-128

1Environmental Chemistry Electives (Select at least 2 courses, 6 Credits):

  • CHEM 460 Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 462 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 475 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 476 Forensic Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 452 Cheminformatics
  • CHEM 467 Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 410 Science of Climate Change
  • CHEM 500 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists
  • CHEM 538 Physical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 416 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (Required for ACS-Accredited BS Degree)

2Free Electives (Suggested, Select 3 courses, 9 credits):

  • BIOL 210 Microbiology
  • BIOL 514 Toxicology
  • BIOL 445 Molecular Biology
  • ENVE 404 Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • ENVE 463 Introduction to Air Pollution Control
  • ITMD 521 Client/Server Technologies and Applications
  • ITMD 525 Topics in Data Science and Management
  • ITMD 527 Data Analytics
Environmental Chemistry Requirements 57
CHEM100, 124, 125, 237, 239, 240, 247, 321, 343, 344, 415, 434, 485 41
CHEM 472 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 473 Environmental Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 463 Analytical Method Development Lab 3
CHEM 495 Seminar In Special Topics 1
Environmental Chemistry Electives 6
Biology Requirements 6-7
BIOL107 or 115, BIOL 401 or 403  
Mathematics Requirements 18
MATH 151, 152, 251, 252  
Physics Requirements 8
PHYS 123, 221  
Computer Science Requirements 2
CS 105 or 110  
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) 6
Free Electives 9