Our Environment, Our Future


Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters

Taught by

physical chemistry

This program is an exploration of how chemistry is used to understand the Earth's environment and formulate solutions to some of today's pressing environmental problems.

In the fall quarter, we will study introductory chemistry concepts in lectures and develop quantitative reasoning skills in workshops with the goal of making qualitative and quantitative observations in the laboratory while building lab skills. In seminars, we will discuss some of the environmental challenges society faced in the past and ways in which chemistry contributed to finding solutions to those problems.

In the winter quarter, we will continue to learn more chemistry concepts and further develop laboratory skills. Students will have the opportunity to work on individual or group projects investigating a topic of their choice that is closely related to the chemistry of the environment.

We will learn library research skills during both quarters. A few field trips to local and regional environmental remediation sites will enhance what we learn in the classroom.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

chemistry, environmental studies, natural sciences and science teaching.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.


Date Revision
January 4th, 2013 This program is no longer offered.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 24


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