Chemistry - Environmental Science

Major

Combine the fields of Chemistry and Environmental Science for a deeper, practical understanding of how chemistry impacts the natural world. Taylor University's Chemistry-Environmental Science major involves all areas of chemistry, along with core environmental science classes for an interdisciplinary grasp of complex natural processes. Students gain experience performing chemical analyses of real environmental systems.

In the Chemistry-Environmental Science major, you will ...

  • explore and study concepts and theories of the various branches of chemistry
  • study the relationships between organisms and their environments, as well as the principles of toxicology
  • practice the scientific method through original lab experiments and research projects

Environmental Science requirements cover:

  • Pollution and toxicology
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Environmental ethics

Chemistry-Environmental Science majors study the overlap of environmental science with society and sustainability. The chemistry core of the major provide a depth of scientific understanding that leads to new connections and scientific questions useful to research and pursuing solutions to environmental problems.

Chemistry-Environmental Science majors develop applicable understanding of:

  • analytical chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • biochemistry

Topics studied include:

  • chemical bonding
  • equilibrium
  • kinetic theories
  • entropy
  • organic compounds
  • inorganic compounds
  • environmental chemical analyses methods
  • analytical statistics
  • chemical transport and mobility

Chemistry-Environmental Science students also take courses in calculus.

Hands-on opportunities

  • Labs: Many experiments involve the investigation of real environmental systems.
  • Research: Through Taylor's Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship (FMUS) program, students can research alongside Taylor faculty members and earn academic credit at the same time. FMUS sponsors research projects during the fall and spring semesters, as well as through the summer.
  • Practicum: Every Chemistry-Environmental Science major completes a practicum or directed research experience in a related chemistry and/or environmental science field.

See the curriculum guide.