Environmental Chemistry (BS)

University of California, San Diego

Date Posted: Aug. 6, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Tags: chemistry
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


Students have an option of earning a B.S. in the Environmental Chemistry that is ACS-Certified or not. The ACS certified version is recommended for those who intend to apply to graduate school in Chemistry. The Non-Certified program is designed to prepare students to enter the industrial, government, or legal workforce, or to continue studies in some of the environmental sciences.

Learning Outcomes

A. Have firm foundations in the fundamentals and applications of current chemical theories for the physical world.

B. Use molecular understanding in fields that are based upon chemistry: biology, environmental science, and engineering.

C. Be skilled in problems solving, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning.

D. Know the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safety when using chemicals.

E. Design, carry out, record, and analyze the results of chemical experiments.

F. Use a broad variety of modern instrumentation and classical techniques in the course of experimentation.

G. Interpret and evaluate results critically. Identify and quantify uncertainties in measurements and limitations in methodologies.

H. Use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry, going beyond textbooks and common handbooks.

I. Communicate results of work to chemists and non-chemists, including respect for the tradition of careful citation of prior contributions, both orally and in effective writing.

J. Collaborate effectively as part of a team to solve problems, debate different points of view, and interact productively with a diverse group of team members.

K. Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists.

L. Be able to identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research.

M. Find gainful employment in industry or government, be accepted at graduate or professional schools, or find employment in school systems as instructors or administrators.

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