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Environmental Chemistry

Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 32 000 SEK
First payment: 32 000 SEK

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In this course, Environmental Chemistry, you will learn about the Earth systems that collectively make up our environment, including the atmosphere, oceans, weather, and climate. You will investigate human influences on Earth systems and think about past, present, and future changes in the context of sustainability.

Chemistry in the environment, including chemical species and processes, are often key to understanding Earth systems at a range of scales. Environmental chemistry integrate knowledge from many traditional chemistry topics. During this course, you will gain an increased understanding of chemical processes and reactions which take place in and are important for the natural world. The course places particular emphasis on aquatic chemistry, atmospheric chemistry and environmental biochemistry.

The course is aimed at you, if you are interested in how your basic chemistry knowledge applies in the context of the Earth’s environment. In particular, if you want to understand how basic chemistry leads to the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate(s) we live in. The course also provides a knowledge base for topics related to environmental chemistry in the context of teaching and for further studies in the field.


The course contains lectures, a group-work project, and a laboratory component. During the laboratory, you will collect and analyse environmental data from sites around Gothenburg. Throughout these course components, we emphasize using physical intuition to achieve a deeper understanding of observable environmental phenomena.  

Prerequisites and selection


For admission to the course, passed course KEM011, Basic chemistry 1 (15 credits) or equivalent knowledge is required.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

The course can be part of the following programmes:

  • Bachelor’s programme in Chemistry (N1KEM)
  • Bachelor’s programme in Environmental Science (N1MVN)
  • Master’s programme in Chemistry (N2KEM)
  • Master’s programme in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry (N2KEL)
  • Master’s programme in Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystems (N2ACE)
  • Master’s programme in Marine Science (N2MAV)
  • Master’s programme in Chemistry and learning (N2KOL).

You can also take the course if you are following one of our teacher training programs with a natural science focus.


The course is given on Campus Medicinareberget.

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