Chemistry, B.S. - Concentration: Environmental Chemistry

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

Tier 2 - Natural World II: Life and Environment
MAR 210 - Coastal Marine Studies

Tier 3 – Capstone (all three required):
CHE 301 – The Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry
CHE 445 – Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety
CHE 496 – Chemistry Seminar

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


32 Credits Required

Chemistry Requirements:
26 Credits Required
2.0 GPA Required

CHE 120 – General Chemistry I
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II
CHE 240 – Analytical Chemistry
CHE 260 – Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 – Organic Chemistry II
CHE 370 – Physical Chemistry I
CHE 435 - Inorganic Chemistry I

Concentration in Environmental Chemistry
6 credits Required

CHE 436 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHE 372 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE 440 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis

In order to receive a degree in chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University, along with satisfying the requirements listed above students must complete a minimum of 16 credits of advanced chemistry courses (300 level or above) at SCSU. 


19 Credits Required

ESC 205 - Principles of Meteorology
MAR 250 - Introduction to Coastal Pollution
MAR 460 - Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Studies
MAT 151 – Calculus II
MAT 252 – Calculus III


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).