B.S. - Environmental Emphasis

The environmental emphasis is to prepare students for professional employment in a position related to environmental chemistry, or for furthering their studies in an advanced degree program related to environmental issues.

The following courses are required for the Environmental Emphasis:

1. General university degree requirements as identified in the General Academic Policies section of the catalog.

2. 26 semester credit hours of CHM core courses with a minimum grade of C in each:
CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 222 Quantitative Analysis
CHM 225 Instrumental Analysis I
CHM 245 Principles of Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 246 Principles of Organic Chemistry I Lab4
CHM 247 Principles of Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 248 Principles of Organic Chemistry II Lab4
CHM 391 Chemistry Seminar I3

3. A minimum 2.0 GPA in required cognate courses.

Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits in chemistry at Grand Valley.

4. Environmental Emphasis:
CHM 321 Environmental Chemistry
CHM 322 Environmental Chemistry Analysis1
CHM 351 Introduction to Physical Chemistry
CHM 352 Applied Physical Chemistry
CHM 491 Chemistry Seminar II3
CHM elective (two to three credits) at the 300-400 level (approval required)
MTH 201 Calculus I2
PHY 220 General Physics I2
PHY 221 General Physics II2
CS 150 Introduction to Computing
STA 215 Introductory Applied Statistics I
OSH 414 Environmental Safety and Health Regulations

The environmental emphasis also requires specialization in a discipline outside of chemistry. Students must choose one of the following tracks to complete the emphasis. Each track includes two required lower-level courses to meet the prerequisite requirements of the track and two upper-level courses from the courses listed.

1. Biology Track: BIO 120, BIO 215
     And any two of the following courses:
     BIO 338, BIO 357, BIO 440

2. Natural Resources Management Track: GEO 111, NRM 281
     And any two of the following courses:
     NRM 320, 410, 451, 452, GPY 307

3. Geology Track: GEO 111, GEO 112
     And any two of the following courses:
     GEO 440, GEO 445, GPY 307

Students interested in graduate school should take the following:

CHM 353, 356, 358, and 355 or 455 instead of CHM 351 and 352
PHY 230 and 231 instead of PHY 220 and 221
MTH 202

1Capstone course.
2Completion of MTH 201, PHY 220 and 221 satisfies the B.S. degree cognate for technical emphasis.
3 Required of all chemistry majors. Two semesters of seminar are required for one credit. Students should register for zero credit in their first semester and one credit in their second semester. CHM 391 is required only of students who take their junior year in chemistry at Grand Valley.
4CHM 241 and CHM 242 may substitute for CHM 245/246/247/248. However, students must also take CHM 249 plus upper-level chemistry electives that include a total of 28 lab-hours.

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