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Environmental Chemistry

Course
Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-11607
Tuition
Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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About

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.

Teaching

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

Requirements

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: 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.

Facilities

This course is given on Campus Johanneberg. Laboratory data collection is done at sites located in or near Gothenburg. When possible an excursion to an environmental field station or similar is arranged within the course.

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