Environmental Chemistry M.S., M.P.S. and Ph.D.
The ESF program offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry with an emphasis in environmental chemistry is one of the few doctoral programs of its type within a chemistry department in the United States. The six core faculty and five participating faculty make it one of the largest such programs in the world.
Students take three core courses in environmental chemistry and one course in biochemistry. Subsequent coursework is carefully selected from regularly offered courses on oceanography, biogeochemistry, analytical methods, and basic areas of chemistry. Coursework is also available in ecology, biology, geology, and engineering.
Research in environmental chemistry spans a wide range, from fieldwork to laboratory work to computer modeling. Areas of research include global climate change, coral reef ecosystems, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, regional and global air quality, and transient and persistent organic pollutants. The program avoids a "pollutant of the week" approach that would leave graduates unprepared for future developments. Instead, it emphasizes a framework wherein students can incorporate new knowledge as it becomes available and deal with new problems as they appear.
Program of Study
Incoming graduate students in Environmental Chemistry are required to take two introductory lecture courses and one laboratory course in Environmental Chemistry. Several advanced courses are also offered, such as Environmental Organic Chemistry, Oceanography, Stable Isotopes, Chromatography, and Kinetics. An introductory Biochemistry lecture course is also required. To ensure that students obtain a strong background in the fundamentals of chemistry, they make selections from among graduate courses in Analytical, Physical, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry from the offerings of Syracuse University. Students are also encouraged to take related graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses offered in other departments at ESF and at Syracuse University.
Research is at the core of any Ph.D. program. Research is conducted in the laboratory, in the field, and on computers. For more information, visit Environmental Chemistry faculty member pages, or you can explore further via the Department of Chemistry Faculty Directory.
We strongly encourage prospective graduate students to contact the department or any professor whose research is of interest!
Faculty and their Specialties
Follow the links immediately below for detailed descriptions of research of any professor.
- Neal M. Abrams; firstname.lastname@example.org
Inorganic chemistry, material science, renewable energy
- Gregory L. Boyer; email@example.com
biochemistry and environmental chemistry, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. environmental monitoring, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
- Theodore S. Dibble; firstname.lastname@example.org
fundamental studies of air pollution, atmospheric mercury, and combustion chemistry
- Kelley J. Donaghy; email@example.com
inorganic chemistry, solid state materials and chemical education
- Mark S. Driscoll; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental chemistry and radiation for environmentally friendly industrial processes
- John P. Hassett; email@example.com
environmental chemistry, aquatic chemistry
- David J. Kieber; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental chemistry, aquatic organic chemistry
- Huiting Mao; email@example.com
environmental chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, regional to global budgets of trace gases, long range transport, continental export, climate change
- Jaime Mirowsky; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental health, exposure assessment, air pollution, cardiopulmonary health, in vitro models, environmental noise, epidemiology, public health
- Christopher T. Nomura; email@example.com
biochemistry, polymer chemistry, biopolymer chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, microbial physiology, biodegradable plastics, transcriptomics
- Mark A. Teece; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental chemistry, food web biochemistry, stable isotope biogeochemistry, coral, stable isotopes, metabolomics, biogeochemistry
- Dr. Richard Zepp, Adjunct, US Environmental Protection Agency
There are three Environmental Chemistry courses required of our students, plus a Biochemistry lecture course.
- FCH 510 Environmental Chemistry I -Aquatic Chemistry
- FCH 511 Environmental Chemistry II -Atmospheric Chemistry
- FCH 515 Methods of Environmental Chemical Analysis
- FCH 530 Biochemistry I - cellular component and metabolic reactions
- All Chemistry Course Descriptions
A range of specialty courses are taught by our faculty and are offered regularly intervals:
- FCH 520 Marine Biogeochemistry
- FCH 525 Oceanography
- FCH 560 Chromatography and Related Separation Sciences
- FCH 610 Air Quality
- FCH 620 Chemical Kinetics
- Aquatic Organic Chemistry
- Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
- Advanced Environmental Analysis
Students may elect graduate-level courses in the traditional areas of Chemistry as well as cognate courses in other disciplines.
Graduate Environmental Chemistry Links
- Graduate Chemistry Program Information Request
- Admission Information
- Important LInks
Selected applicants to the graduate program will be offered a full tuition waiver and a 12 month stipend that will cover their living expenses, and the costs of books and fees. Students are supported primarily as research assistants rather than teaching assistants, and as a result they have more time to devote to their research.
Current Research Interests
- atmospheric mercury cycling (Mao)
- biological chemistry (Teece)
- coral reef ecosystems (Teece)
- destruction of pollutants with non-thermal plasmas (Dibble)
- fate of Persistant Organic Pollutants like PCBs, dioxins, and mirex (Hassett)
- global carbon and sulfur cycles (Kieber)
- harmful algal blooms (Boyer)
- insect pheremones (Webster)
- kinetics and mechanisms of smog chemistry (Dibble)
- marine and lake food webs (Teece)
- measuring the human health effects of environmental stressors (Mirowsky)
- mechanisms of atmospheric mercury oxidation (Dibble)
- microbial uptake of heavy metals (Boyer)
- new techniques for field and laboratory analysis of molecules, radicals, and particles in water, air, and soil (Dibble, Hassett, Kieber, Mirowsky, Teece)
- photochemistry in lakes and streams (Hassett) and marine waters (Kieber)
- regional budgets of ozone, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds (Mao)
- toxicity of indoor and outdoor air pollutants (Mirowsky)
- urban air quality (Mao, Mirowsky)