Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry
Have you ever wondered what happens to fertilizer when it runs off your lawn into the storm sewer? What about cleaners and detergents poured down the sink? When you see black smoke pouring out of the chimney at an industrial complex, what impact is it having on the atmosphere? Environmental chemists seek to understand environmental issues such as these within the context of chemical systems. Their strong grounding in laboratory training and chemical theory provides the expertise necessary to address some of the most pressing concerns of our modern industrial society: pollution prevention, hazardous waste management, chemical health and safety, environmental analysis, inspection and compliance, and the synthesis of biodegradable and photodegradable materials.
Environmental chemistry is a diverse and highly interdisciplinary field focusing on the toxicity of chemicals and how they affect our natural world. Drawing from their knowledge of the earth's history and physical makeup, environmental chemists seek to protect the environment by studying the chemical fate and mobility of contaminants, the chemical processes that affect the toxicity and bioavailability of contaminants, and the chemical aspects of contaminant remediation and pollution prevention (green chemistry).
Environmental chemistry is a challenging field, requiring core training in physical, analytical, organic, and inorganic chemistry and an understanding of how these disciplines can be applied to complex environmental systems. It is also highly rewarding, as it provides a quantitative and fundamental approach to understanding the processes that influence the quality of the environment in which we live and work.
Environmental chemists have many opportunities to work in areas outside the laboratory, where they are often involved in research or the development and testing of environmentally friendly products. Environmental chemists may collect and analyze samples, develop remediation programs, advise on safety and environmental emergency response, or deal with government regulations and compliance issues.
Graduates with a degree in Environmental Chemistry have many career options:
Why Environmental Chemistry at Lawrence Tech?
The hallmark of the Lawrence Technological University Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry program is laboratory training that greatly exceeds the
minimum standards of the American Chemical Society and is far more extensive than that offered at many of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Another important facet of the program is the policy of introducing advanced instrumentation at the earliest opportunity in your education.
Access to state-of-the-art equipment offers you the kind of real-world, hands-on experience you'll need to confidently enter the workplace as a practicing scientist or researcher. A partial list of major equipment includes:
- temperature-jump fast kinetics facilities
- computer-controlled automatic bomb calorimeter
- visible-ultraviolet spectrometers
- infrared spectrometers, including Fourier-Transform Infrared devices
- gas chromatographs, some with automatic sampling and mass spectrometer detection
- high pressure liquid chromatography facilities
- nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
- atomic absorption spectrophotometer
- digitizing, computer compatible oscilloscopes
At Lawrence Tech, your course work will emphasize both the theoretical and applied aspects of chemistry, with a focus on developing the critical thinking, logic, and problem-solving skills that you need to succeed no matter which career path you choose. If you are interested in further study, the in-depth knowledge of chemical processes offered by the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry degree can provide the basis for careers in public policy, environmental law, or resource management, among others.
For additional information, contact either Dr. William Madden at 248-204-3606 or Dr. Anthony Sky at 248-204-3603, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.