The Catholic University of America

B.S. Degree in Environmental Chemistry

Dr. Cynthia Brewer, Advising Coordinator
(202) 319-5164 or

The objective of the environmental chemistry program is to provide high-level education for students interested in environmental chemistry and environmental science.  This course of study combines the major disciplines of chemistry (biochemistry, organic, physical and analytical chemistry) with other courses in the physical sciences, environmental engineering, and environmental politics.  Courses in related areas such as environmental economics and environmental ethics are also strongly encouraged. To enhance their academic and professional experience, students may enroll in for-credit internships in environmental science, serve as teaching or research assistants, participate in faculty lead research, present research findings in seminars and poster sessions such as the Catholic U. Research Day forum, and co-author scientific papers with faculty.

This course of study prepares students for a wide range of careers.  Environmental scientists and specialists are engaged in a very broad variety of tasks, such as providing scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination or oversight to government agencies, reviewing and implementation of technical standards, guidelines, policies and regulations, collection, analysis, management and reporting of environmental data, communication of scientific and technical information to the public as well as to a variety of organizations, and providing input for the development of policies, strategies and codes of practice for environmental management.

Suggested Sequence of Courses for a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry

Freshman Year:

  • General Chemistry I, II (CHEM 103/104)
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I, II (CHEM 113/114)
  • Calculus I, II (MATH 111/112 or MATH 121/122)

Sophomore Year:

  • Organic Chemistry I, II (CHEM 203/204)
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, II (CHEM 213/214)
  • Physics I, II (PHYS 205 or 215/206 or 216)
  • Physics Lab I, II (PHYS 225/226)
  • Mechanisms of Life I, II (BIOL 105, 106)

Junior and Senior Year:

  • Analytial Chemistry (CHEM311)
  • Principles of Enviromental Science (CHEM 317)
  • Physical Chemistry I (CHEM 351)
  • Physical Chemistry Lab I (CHEM 353)
  • Instrumental Analysis & Chemical Spectroscopy (CHEM 408)
  • Chemical Instrumentation Lab (CHEM 418)
  • Science Communication (CHEM 405)
  • Biochemistry I (CHEM 471)
  • General Microbiology (BIOL 449)
  • Environmental Engineering (CE or ENGR 438)