Environmental Chemistry I

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Chemistry I

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed knowledge
    CHEM1010 and CHEM1020

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Environmental science is the foundation of the increased environmental understanding today and chemistry plays a major role in this. The properties and reactions of substances in the environment can profoundly influence the world we live in. These substances may be natural or man-made, and there is increasing interest in the interface between man-made systems and the natural environment. Understanding of the chemical basis of environmental science is developed in this course via studies in the areas of water, earth and atmosphere.


    Learning outcomes
    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Developed expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry, environmental science and engineering

    2. Developed an understanding of the range and chemistry of compounds in the hydrosphere and geosphere

    3. Established an appreciation of the role of chemistry in environmental science

    4. Developed an understanding of the role of the chemist in measurement and problem solving in environmental studies

    5. An understanding of chemical methods employed for environmental problem solving

    6. Experience in some scientific methods employed in environmental chemistry

    7. Developed skills in procedures and instrumental methods applied in analytical tasks of environmental chemistry

    8. Developed skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments

    9. Developed an understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working on environmental problems


    The course involves study of selected topics from the following:

    1) Introduction to Environmental Chemistry:

    • chemistry and the atmosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere
    • the role of chemistry in environmental studies

    2) The Hydrosphere:

    • fundamentals of aquatic chemistry
    • speciationand redox equilibria in natural waters
    • gases in water
    • organic matter in water
    • metals in water
    • environmental colloids
    • chemical aspects of the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles
    • water pollution and wastewater treatment

    3) The Atmosphere:

    • introduction to the nature and composition of the atmosphere
    • the greenhouse effect and global warming
    • the case against global warming
    • energy production and global warming

    4) The Geosphere:

    • igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and the rock cycle
    • weathering
    • development of soils and soil profiles
    • characteristics of soils suitable for plant growth
    • soil degradation: salinity and sodicity

    Contact hours
    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.