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Environmental Chemistry (Minor)

Why Declare a Minor in Environmental Chemistry?

An academic minor are of great value professionally. They are designed to complement or augment your academic studies and demonstrate additional unique skills and competencies in an area of study outside of your major. Completing a minor allows you to stand out among applications for jobs, professional school, and graduate school by showing that you not only possess unique skills but that you have broad interests and that you are an ambitious learner. These traits will distinguish you from students who pursued only their major course of study.

Pursuing a minor in environmental chemistry augments not only knowledge gained in the sciences but adds depth to any degree.  It is particularly powerful when coupled with a major in business as many business organizations are dealing with environmental issues associated with pollution and contamination.  It is also a minor that is well partnered with degrees in the liberal arts for students seeking entry into policy and law as it provides foundational training in a central science demonstrating additional quantitative skills that are attractive to employers, graduate programs, and professional schools in these fields.

Who Is This Program For?

If you’re interested in integrating the laboratory sciences of chemistry with an appreciation of how our world works, if you’re planning on a career in business and want to understand how things are made and how these things enter the environment, this minor is for you.

What Courses Do I Take?

The minor consists of 6 courses (20 credits). 

Environmental Core: ENVSTY 101 Nature of Environmental Problems and CHEM/ENVSTY 111L
Chemistry Core: CHEM 115/116 General Chemistry 1 lecture + lab and CHEM 117/118 General Chemistry 2 lecture + lab
Advanced Chemistry: CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry OR CHEM 471 Introduction to Green Chemistry (Note - Biochem and Chem majors must take CHEM 471)
Environmental Capstone: ENVSTY 401 Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation 

How Do I Declare a Minor in Environmental Chemistry?

Students interested in declaring a minor in environmental chemistry should complete a declaration form and have the form signed by the Chair of the Chemistry Department.  The Chemistry Department office is located in University Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 3230. 

Program Contact

For more information contact the Chemistry Department (; 617.287.6130)