Chemistry, B.S. - Environmental Chemistry

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below. The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program 

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, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

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
CHE 121 - General Chemistry II

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.


44 Credits Required

Chemistry Requirements:
29 Credits Required
2.0 GPA Required

CHE 120 – General Chemistry I
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II (T2LE)*
CHE 240 – Analytical Chemistry
CHE 260 – Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 – Organic Chemistry II
CHE 370 – Physical Chemistry I
CHE 435 - Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 301, CHE 445, and CHE 496 - Chemistry Connections (T3)*

Concentration in Environmental Chemistry
15 credits Required

CHE 340 - Environmental Chemistry
CHE 372 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE 436 - Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHE 440 - Instrumental Analysis

Select two additional CHE courses at or above the 300-level

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. 


20  Credits Required

MAT 150 – Calculus I (T1QR)*
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (T2PR)*

Select four courses from: 
BIO 202 – Ecology
BIO 210 – Environmental Biology and Conservation
BIO 334 – Microbial Ecology
BIO 429 – Limnology
BIO 430 – Marine Ecology
ENV 200 – Environmental Studies II
ENV 220 – Global Climate Change
ENV 350 – Environmental/Earth Systems Inquiry
ENV 401 – Pollution Prevention and Controls
ENV 491 – Environmental Problem Solving
ESC 205 – Principles of Meteorology
ESC 220 – physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 303 – Environmental Earth Science
ESC 457 –  Hydrology
ESC 458 – Soil Science
MAR 140 – The World Ocean
MAR 210 – Coastal Marine Studies
MAR 250 – Introduction to Coastal and Marine Pollution
MAR 340 – Coastal Processes/Environment
MAR 460 – Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Studies
MAR 491 – Environmental Problem Solving
PCH 259 – Environmental Health
PCH 441 – Water Supply/Waste Treatment
PCH 446 – Environmental Hazards



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