Southeast Missouri State University
Environmental Science Program

Chemistry Option

Chemical compounds compose all of the living and non-living aspects of our environment. Understanding of the chemical composition and chemical processes of our environment is a critical foundation of environmental science. Human impacts on the chemical composition and chemical processes of our environment are growing, and this is reflected in increasing concern for monitoring and regulation of chemical alterations of our environment. The chemistry option is designed to broadly educate students in environmental science, with more in-depth study of the chemical composition and processes of our environment.

Environmental chemistry issues frequently become legal issues. There is a societal need for individuals trained in chemistry, environmental science, and law. The course of study of the environmental science major is designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental law.

Human health may also be impacted by adverse changes in the chemistry of our environment and the course of study of the chemistry option is also designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental medicine or environmental health.

Several faculty of the Environmental Science Program conduct active research projects related to the chemistry option, providing opportunities for students to participate in the faculty’s research program, conduct supervised independent research, and to present and/or publish their research.

Graduates in this option are anticipated to be successful in finding employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for admission to graduate programs in chemistry and the environmental sciences, as well as, medical and law school programs.

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Phillip Crawford, Department of Chemistry

Career Opportunities:

Employment in government, business, industry, and consulting firms; advanced study in graduate school, medical school, and law school.

Visit the Career Opportunities page to see what sort of careers are available in the environmental field.

Employment Outlook:

Overall, there is a continuing demand for individuals with training and expertise in the environmental field.

High School Preparation For Major:

A college preparatory sequence which includes four years of science (including biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics) and four years of mathematics. Advanced Placement or dual credit courses in science, mathematics, and English are strongly recommended.

Courses (credit hours) 15 hours

Core (14)
CH 187  Qualitative Analysis (2)
CH 271 Quantitative Analysis (4)
CH 310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry (5)
UI 443  Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)
Electives (1)
CH 343 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CH 344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
CH 391 Undergraduate Research (1-3)
          CH 447 Advanced NMR Techniques (2)
CH 531/UI 331 Biochemistry I (3) (fulfills University Studies 
CH 545 Organic Preparations and Characterizations (3)
CH 575 Chemical Instrumentation (4)

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Last revision: February 20, 2006

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