Note: Some of the resources for this course (gradebook, electronic submission, etc.) are hosted on the course Moodle site


Lecture MWF, 10:10 - 11:00 am; Boyd 005
Lab Thurs, 9:30 -11:30 am; Boyd 209
Office hours TBD
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Course Description

This course covers the chemistry of Earth's environment, including the natural chemical processes as well as anthropogenic contributions. The environment in this context is divided into the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and anthrosphere. Particular emphasis is given to human influences in each of these "spheres," including the causes, effects, detection, prevention, and mitigation of pollution. Environmental pollution is a global problem, with many technological and cultural causes, and as such requires an understanding of numerous disciplines in order solve. This course thus involves the integration of concepts from chemistry, biology, geology, ecology, atmospheric sciences, hydrology, toxicology, political science, and others. Major topics to be covered include stratospheric ozone depletion, global climate change and energy, acid rain, waste disposal, organic and inorganic pollutants, and environmental regulation in the United States. The lab component will focus primarily on detection of pollutants in air and water and will include a class research project. This course fulfills the PSU General Education Integration Connection (INCO) requirement.

Required Materials

Listed at the Campus Bookstore
Note: you do not need to purchase the "recommended" books. They are recommended to help you develop deeper understanding of the material and/or to serve as good reference books for students who intend to continue in the field. Copies of recommended books have been put on reserve at the Library.


Book Principles of Environmental Chemistry, 3rd ed. (2013), by James E Girard; ISBN: 1449693520
Lab notebook Scientific Lab Notebook, Carbonless Duplicate; publisher: Hayden McNeil; ISBN: 1930882742, 1930882238, or 1930882505 (or other equivalent lab notebook with removable, carbonless duplicate pages).
Safety Glasses Any style. Just wear them!


Book Environmental Chemistry, 9th ed. (2009), by Stanley Manahan; ISBN: 1420059203
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