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Academic Program Guide

Environmental Chemistry

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS or BA
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Laura Davenport (fr/soph)
Address: 312 DLC Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390
Phone: (850) 644-8434
Contact: Mr. Joshua Cummings (jr/sr)
Address: 312 DLC Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390
Phone: (850) 644-6004

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Chemistry is a science that deals with the composition, structure, reactivity, and properties of substances and of the transformations they undergo. Chemists perform experiments, conduct research, investigate and analyze techniques for basic scientific purposes, and develop new and improved products. Discoveries have sometimes resulted in the creation of entirely new industries: for example, the polymers and synthetic textile fibers industries, and more recently nanotechnology. Many chemists specialize in the product or process of a particular industry, such as agriculture, food, petroleum, plastics and rubber. The department offers instruction leading to the baccalaureate degree in Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry (including the American Chemical Society certification) for students planning either careers in the chemical industry, a pre-health profession, medical school or graduate work.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following are required in preparation for the upper division major. All may also apply toward General Education, major, and/or collateral coursework:
CHM X045, X045L (3, 1) General Chemistry I and lab
CHM X046, X046L (3, 1) General Chemistry II and lab
CHM X210, X210L (3, 1) Organic Chemistry I and Lab*
CHM X211, X211L (3, 1) Organic Chemistry II with Lab (CHM 2211L is 3 credits at FSU)
PHY X048C (4) General Physics A with Lab (5 credits at FSU)
PHY X049C (4) General Physics B with Lab (5 credits at FSU)
MAC X311 (4) Calculus I
MAC X312 (4) Calculus II

*If taken at FSU, CHMX210 does not require a lab. If taken at any other state/community college or university in Florida, students MUST complete BOTH CHMX210 and CHMX210 Lab.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.00, at least half the required General Education hours including English and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

Academic Performance
All State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1-4 Milestones must be completed with a “C” range (C minus, C, or C+) grade or better. Students earning less than the necessary grade in any of these courses will be required to retake those courses until the standard is met.

Note: retaking a course may delay graduation and incur increased fee liability (i.e., repeat course surcharge and excess credit surcharge).

All courses applicable to the major must be completed with a “C minus“ grade or better. Students must earn a "C minus" or better in the first course of a two-semester sequence to continue that sequence (or file an undergraduate appeal with the Student Affairs Office, to be reviewed by the Undergraduate Advising and Awards Committee, to request taking the year-sequence course out of sequence).

A student who has received more than three unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D minus, D, or D+) in courses required for the major, excluding the Term 1-4 State Common Program Prerequisites milestone courses, taken after enrolling at FSU will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in that major.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (61 to 73 hours)

CHM 1045, 1045L (3, 1) or 1050, 1050L (3, 1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3, 1) or 1051, 1051L (3, 2) General Chemistry II and Lab
CHM 2210 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHM 2211 (3) Organic Chemistry II
CHM 2211L (3) Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHM 3120, 3120L (3, 1) Analytical Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 4130, 4130L (3, 1) Advanced Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHM 4410 (3) Physical Chemistry I
CHM 4410L (1) Physicochemical Measurements & Techniques I
CHM 4411 (3) Physical Chemistry II
CHM 4411L (2) Physicochemical Measurements & Techniques II
CHM 4610 (3) Inorganic Chemistry (not required for Environmental Chemistry)
CHM 4610L (1) Inorganic Chemistry Lab (not required for Environmental Chemistry)

Collateral Courses: (23 hours).
The chemistry major requires completion of all of the courses listed below. These courses may also be used to satisfy General Education or the minor. If not, they must be taken in addition to other requirements.

MAC 2311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAC 2312 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MAC 2313 (5) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
PHY 2048C (5) General Physics A (Calculus based)
PHY 2049C (5) General Physics B (Calculus based)

Environmental Chemistry Track: (70-73 hours)
All of the courses listed above are required for this track with the exception of CHM 4610 and 4610L. Instead of those courses, students take the following:

Basic Science Courses: (7 hours)
Select one of the following sequences.
GLY 2010C (4) Physical Geology, GLY 2100 (3) Historical Geology and GLY (1) 2100L
BSC 2010 (3) Bio. Science I and BSC 2011 (3) Bio. Science II and BSC 2010L (1)
Select two advanced courses (6-8) in Chemistry of the Environment, to be chosen from an approved list.

American Chemical Society Certified Program (optional):
Students from either track may satisfy the requirements of this program by completing the courses as indicated.

Chemistry Track: BCH 4053 (3) General Biochemistry I and one course from an approved list (contact advisor).

Environmental Chemistry Track: CHM 4610/4610L (3/1) Inorganic Chemistry/Lab and BCH 4053 (3) General Biochemistry I.

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisites 0 beyond other requirements
Major Coursework 61-73
Minor Coursework 0*
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 3r
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Some coursework required for the major may also be applied towards General Education and/or minor requirements.


Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their major. You may view the map for this major at


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University. (Note: calculus, organic chemistry and physics courses apply toward meeting this requirement.)
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. All 3000 and 4000 level chemistry and biochemistry courses must be taken at FSU.
5. The B. A. Degree requires an additional 9 hours in the fields of history and humanities beyond General Education.
6. Students with more than five grades below “C minus” in required courses or their prerequisites, including transfer courses, will be dropped from the program.
7. Any student enrolled in a major program offered within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, cannot double major in any other program offered within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Chemist - analytic, polymer, organic, food, textile petroleum, water purification, inorganic, physical, pollution control; Sales representative, physical, veterinarian, Writer: technical/scientific, Biochemist, Association Chemist, Pharmacologist, Teacher, Radio chemist, Chemist, Dentist, Crime-lab analyst, Industrial Health Engineer, Agricultural Professor, Consumer Safety Officer.

Representative Employers: Manufacturing & processing firms, Pharmaceutical manufacturers, Utilities companies, Professional & technical Journals, mining petroleum companies, Chemical Industries, Schools, colleges, and universities, medical laboratories, hospitals, business corporations, Governmental agencies - local, state, federal.

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