Environmental chemistry stresses applications of fundamental chemical principles to describe and predict behavior of chemicals in the environment. After obtaining a strong foundation in analytical, physical and organic chemistry, students pursue advanced study in air and water chemistry. A wide variety of courses in ecology, engineering, geology, and environmental policy are also available. Research encompasses fieldwork, laboratory studies, and modeling, and focuses on the atmosphere as well as marine and freshwater systems. Studies are carried out on scales ranging from local to regional to global. Topics include behavior of nutrients in water, food webs, toxic algal blooms, reactive and persistent organic pollutants, and global climate change.
Students in the undergraduate program in the Environmental Chemistry option take all the core chemistry courses as outlined on the chemistry curriculum. In their senior year, they take two lecture courses and one laboratory course in Environmental Chemistry:
A range of specialty courses are taught by our faculty and are offered at regular intervals: Urban Health, Oceanography, Aquatic Organic Chemistry, Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry, Advanced Environmental Analysis.
The senior year culminates in a senior research project undertaken under the supervision of one of the chemistry faculty. This give students the opportunity to experience research ranging from laboratory work to field-intensive studies.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Gregory L. Boyer
Department of Chemistry
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210