Introduction: Our Environment and its Chemistry
Stratospheric Chemistry: The Ozone Layer
Atmospheric structure and composition, the composition and chemistry of the stratospheric ozone layer, processes for ozone destruction, the ozone holes, role of CFCs in ozone destruction, current issues and potential solutions.
Tropospheric Chemistry: Ground-Level Air Pollution
Concentration units for gas phase composition, introduction to important types of tropospheric air (photochemical smog, acidic deposition, particulates) and their consequences, basic tropospheric chemistry, the detailed chemistry of photochemical smog and acidic deposition, potential solutions to ground-level air pollution, special considerations for indoor air pollution.
Global Warming: The Greenhouse Effect
Review of electromagnetic radiation and the composition of sunlight, molecular vibration/rotation and the natural greenhouse effect, evidence for an enhanced greenhouse effect, the major greenhouse gases (CO2 and H2O) and their impact, the minor greenhouse gases and their impact, evidence for and predictions about global warming.
Natural Waters: Chemistry and Impact of Pollutants
The composition of natural waters: dissolved gases and solids, dissolved organic matter, suspended solids; aerobic and anaerobic decomposition of organic matter; BOD, COD; acidity/alkalinity, acidic deposition: sources and impact on natural waters, acid mine drainage: source and impact.
Drinking Water: Quality, Contaminants and Purification
Specifications for drinking water, typical contaminants in drinking water, various strategies for purification of drinking water: chemistry and environmental impact.
Wastewater: Sources, Chemistry and Treatment
Important sources and associated contaminants of wastewater, various strategies for treatment of wastewater: chemistry and environmental impact, sludges: composition and treatment.
Organic Chemistry Review
A brief review of organic chemistry with emphasis on organic compounds with significant environmental impact.
Toxic Organic Chemicals in the Environment
Pesticides and insecticides, organochlorine insecticides: chemistry and environmental impact, other important insecticides, herbicides and wood preservatives: chemistry and the dioxin/difuran, problem, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): chemistry and environmental impact, toxicology of PCBs and dioxins/difurans, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons: chemistry and environmental impact, toxic organic waste disposal: issues and case studies.
Heavy Metals in the Environment
Heavy metals: definition, toxicity and bioaccumulation, four heavy metals with significant environmental impact (Hg, Pb, Cd, As): chemistry and environmental impact, heavy metals in soils, sewage and sediments.
A selection of labs from the following list will be performed during the laboratory period:
A multi-faceted approach will be used to teach the course: a combination of lectures, class discussion, practical problem solving sessions, audio-visual material, student presentations and other educational tools will be used.
Problem and research assignments will be regularly assigned, submitted and evaluated. The laboratory component of this course will stress analytical methods and their application to various aspects of environmental chemistry. Whenever possible, the material from the lecture and laboratory components of the course will be closely coordinated.
Lecture Component (65-70%)
Term Project and Field Trips (10-15%)
A student who misses three or more laboratory experiments will earn a maximum P grade.
A student who achieves less than 50% in either the lecture or laboratory portion of the course will earn a maximum P grade.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Baird, Colin; Cann, M., Environmental Chemistry, W.H. Freeman, New York, 4th Ed. 2008.
Chemistry 1110 (C or better)
Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:
Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:
This course is not required for any other course.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU CHEM 2XXX (5)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG CHEM 2XXX (4)||2006/01/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CHEM 372 (3)||2009/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU CHEM 1XX (5)||2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CHEM 2X11 (0) & TRU CHEM 2XXX (3)||2013/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CHEM 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU CHEM 2XXX (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU CHEM 2XX (3)||2019/05/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU CHEM 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO CHEM 2nd (3)||2009/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV CHEM 2nd (4)||2009/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV CHEM 2nd (3)||2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC CHEM 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CHEM 2XX (5)||2009/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC CHEM 2XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU CHEM 2nd (3)||2004/09/01 to -|