Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemistry is a study of chemical principles and methodologies applicable to environmental phenomena and issues. The objective of this chemistry-focused environmental science program is to provide students with a rigorous education in traditional chemistry areas and a structured and interdisciplinary training crossing chemistry and environmental science. The program will provide students with a fundamental understanding of current environmental issues such as pollution of air and water, waste and recycling, and climate change, as well as a solid background in environmental chemical and instrumental analysis. Majors will gain the technical skills to work in atmospheric science, hydrologic science, environmental science, environmental analytical chemistry, environmental toxicology, and environmental health science.

Required Courses 

Environmental Chemistry Requirements (51)
CHEM 100Introduction to the Profession2
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 125Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 239Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 240Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 247Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 321Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 343Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 344Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 415Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 434Spectroscopic Methods in Identification and Analysis4
CHEM 463Analytical Method Development Laboratory3
CHEM 472Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 473Environmental Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 485Chemistry Colloquium1
CHEM 495Seminar in Special Topics1
Environmental Chemistry Electives (6)
Select two courses from the following:6
Science of Climate Change3
Advanced Chemistry Laboratory3
Bioanalytical Chemistry3
Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory3
Medicinal Chemistry3
Forensic Chemistry3
Forensic Chemistry Laboratory3
Advanced Analytical Chemistry3
Statistics for Analytical Chemists3
Physical Biochemistry3
Biology Requirements (6-7)
BIOL 107General Biology Lectures3
or BIOL 115 Human Biology
BIOL 401Introductory Biochemistry3-4
or BIOL 403 Biochemistry
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (9)
Select nine credit hours 19
Total Credit Hours127-128

Suggested electives include: BIOL 210, BIOL 445, BIOL 514, ENVE 404, ENVE 463, ITMD 521, ITMD 525, and ITMD 527.


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CHEM 1244CHEM 1002
CS 105 or 1102CHEM 1254
MATH 1515MATH 1525
Humanities 200-level Course3PHYS 1234
 Social Sciences Elective3
 14 18
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CHEM 2374CHEM 2393
BIOL 107 or 1153CHEM 2402
MATH 2514CHEM 2473
PHYS 2214MATH 2524
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 18 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CHEM 3214CHEM 3444
CHEM 3433CHEM 4344
IPRO Elective I3CHEM 4723
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3CHEM 4851
Free Elective13Humanities Elective (300+)3
 16 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BIOL 401 or 4033-4CHEM 4951
CHEM 4153Environmental Chemistry Elective23
CHEM 4633Environmental Chemistry Elective23
CHEM 4733IPRO Elective II3
Free Elective13Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 Free Elective13
 15-16 16
Total Credit Hours: 127-128

Suggested electives include: BIOL 210, BIOL 445, BIOL 514, ENVE 404, ENVE 463, ITMD 521, ITMD 525, and ITMD 527.


Choose from the following courses: CHEM 410, CHEM 416, CHEM 452CHEM 460, CHEM 461, CHEM 467, CHEM 475, CHEM 476, CHEM 500, CHEM 513, or CHEM 538.