The Environmental Chemistry degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts and the Natural Sciences. This degree is particularly appropriate for students’ interested working in the chemistry industry, state regulatory agencies involved in environmental monitoring, as well as graduate studies in chemistry and environmental sciences. Topics that are of interest to this major are radioactivity, carbon dioxide levels, endangered species and toxic chemicals.
Some of the courses included in this area are organic chemistry, physical chemistry, geology, quantitative analysis, and biochemistry. The courses specified for this degree are consistent with those suggested by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a special focus on environmental chemistry. Students are required to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum to satisfy graduation requirements for this degree.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates who earn a BS in Chemistry will be able to:
Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).
DEGREE PLAN INFORMATION
The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.
ADMISSIONS AND DECLARATION OF MAJOR
Students may be admitted to and declare a major in Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry if they meet the following criteria:
There are many career options to choose from in the field of environmental chemistry. Environmental scientist and specialist may advise policymakers, clean up polluted areas or work with industry to decrease waste. Some work in laboratories and/or offices, while others may gather data and monitor environmental conditions out in the field. This curriculum will prepare students for careers such as:
- Agricultural Agent
- Animal Scientist
- Chemical Engineer
- Environmental Activist
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Scientist
- Environmental Lawyer
- Environmental Regulator
- Waste Management Technician
- Soil Scientist
- Pollution Engineer
- Range Manager
- Biology 22 Hours Minimum
- Geology 20 Hours Minimum
- Microbiology 20 Hours Minimum
We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.
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