Environmental chemistry is the study of chemical processes in the natural environment. Environmental chemists study how naturally occurring and human-generated chemicals move through and affect the atmosphere, ground-level air, soils, surface water, and groundwater.
What do we study in environmental chemistry?
Environmental Chemistry involves the study of the effects that chemicals have on the air, water and soil and how they impact the environment and human health. Environmental Chemists are therefore often the more public-facing chemists, as the research they conduct helps inform decisions that affect all of us.
What type of careers are in environmental chemistry?
Careers for Environmental Scientists and Specialists
- Climate change analysts.
- Ecological modelers.
- Environmental analysts.
- Environmental health and safety specialists.
- Environmental restoration planners.
- Environmental scientists.
- Hazardous substances scientists.
- Health environmentalists.
Is environmental chemistry a good major?
The Environmental Chemistry Option (supplemented by appropriate electives) is also an excellent undergraduate major for students considering preparation for professional degree programs in related fields, such as environmental toxicology or environmental law.
Can I become an environmental scientist with a chemistry degree?
A bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a science-related field (biology, chemistry or engineering) is needed for an entry-level job such as a field analyst or research assistant. For more advanced positions, such as project leader or program manager, a master’s degree is often required.
Where can I study environmental chemistry?
List of all Environmental Chemistry colleges in the U.S.
|School||Average Tuition||Enrolled Students|
|Washington State University Pullman, WA||3/5||31,607|
|Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL||5/5||6,515|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NY||3/5||2,209|
|Beloit College Beloit, WI||5/5||1,143|