Environmental Analysis Focus

Students who choose the environment analysis focus area learn how to observe, quantify, measure, and report environmental problems. A strong foundation in the fundamentals of physical and organic chemistry will help students apply analytical skills and find solutions.

As environmental chemists or consultants, students often find work in the areas of hazardous waste, air and water quality management, and environmental remediation.

Some focus courses available include:

  • organic chemistry
  • quantitative analysis
  • biochemistry
  • microbiology
  • chemical hydrogeology
  • aquatic microbiology
  • physical chemistry
  • environmental geology

Recommended Focus Courses

ANTHRO 355 - Globalization, Culture, and Environment (3 units; U)
Anthropological approaches to examining the concept of environmental justice as a crucial component of global security. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
ANTHRO 441 - Nature, Knowledge, and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective (3 units; U/G)
Anthropological approaches to contemporary issues of science in society; critical perspectives on knowledge construction with respect to culture and indigenous traditions, race, class and gender. Prereq: jr. st
ANTHRO 448 - Cultural and Human Ecology (3 units; U/G)
Relationships of human societies to natural environments; energy systems involved in processes of human adaptation; ways in which culture and society operate as dynamic components of that exchange. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
ARCH 340 - Urban Design (3 units; U/G)
Survey of urban design, including the study of precedents, recent philosophy, design vocabulary, behavioral responses, and implementation strategies. Prereq: jr st; acceptance to Level 2 or arch studies minor & Arch 300(P); or grad st.
ATM SCI 100 - Survey of Meteorology (3 units; U)
Concepts and principles of meteorology; cyclones, fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, air pollution, and climate. Interpretation of weather maps, charts, and forecasts. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab-dis. Counts as repeat of 3 cr Atm Sci 100 taken for 4 cr. Prereq: none.
ATM SCI 240 - Introduction to Meteorology (3 units; U)
Quantitative approach to understanding fundamental concepts in meteorology. Radiation, heat balance of the atmosphere, thermodynamics, horizontal motion, general circulation, atmospheric observations, clouds, weather map analysis. Not open for cr to students with Atm Sci 201. Prereq: Physics 209(P) & 214(P); Math 232(C).
ATM SCI 330 - Air-Pollution Meteorology (3 units; U/G)
Pollutant sources and sinks, fundamental pollutant chemistry, monitoring techniques, averaging boundary layers and turbulence, diffusion theories, diffusion models, regional and global-scale pollution problems. Prereq: Atm Sci 240(P); Chem 102(P); stats course recom.
BIO SCI 383 - General Microbiology (4 units; U)
Nature and properties of microorganisms. Molecular biology and genetics of bacteria and viruses. Major groups, ecological relationships, and taxonomy. 3 hrs lec, 4 hrs lab. Cell & Molec Bio; Microbio. Prereq: grade of C or better in Bio Sci 325(P) or cons instr; Chem 341(C) or 343(C).
BIO SCI 505 - Conservation Biology (3 units; U/G)
Genetic and ecological approaches to the conservation of biological diversity. Topics include biology of rare plants and animals, design of nature reserves, and restoration ecology. 3 hrs lec. Prereq: jr st; Bio Sci 152(P) & 325(260)(P).
CHEM 221 - Elementary Quantitative Analysis (4 units; U)
Introduction to modern chemical analysis, including volumetric, gravimetric, electrochemical, and chromatographic methods. 2 hrs lec, 6 hrs lab. Prereq: a grade of C or better in Chem 104(P).
CHEM 341 - Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry (3 units; U)
Intended for students who expect to take only one semester of organic chemistry. Not open for cr to students who have credit in Chem 343. Prereq: grade of C or better in Chem 104(P); conc reg in Chem 342(R).
CHEM 342 - Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units; U)
6 hrs lab. Prereq: a grade of C or better in Chem 104(P); conc reg in 341(R).
CHEM 343 - Organic Chemistry (3 units; U)
For students who intend to take more than one semester of organic chemistry. Not open for cr to students who have credit in Chem 341. Prereq: grade of C or better in Chem 104(P).
CHEM 344 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units; U)
6 hr lab. Not open for cr to students who have credit in Chem 342. Prereq: grade C or better Chem 343(P); conc reg Chem 345(R).
CHEM 345 - Organic Chemistry (3 units; U)
Continuation of Chem 343. Prereq: grade of C or better in Chem 343(P); conc reg Chem 344(R).
CHEM 501 - Introduction to Biochemistry (3 units; U/G)
The chemistry of biological systems. Does not count toward graduate degree in chemistry. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Chem 341(P) or 345(P).
CHEM 524 - Instrumental Analysis (3 units; U/G)
Chemical equilibria, separations, and theory and practice of instrumental measurements. Does not count toward a graduate degree in chemistry. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Chem 221(P) or 223(P).
CHEM 560 - Biophysical Chemistry (3 units; U/G)
General course designed for majors in fields other than chemistry. Does not count toward a graduate degree in chemistry. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Chem 104(P); Math 211(P) or equiv.
CHEM 603 - Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory (2 units; U/G)
Experiments in biological preparations, colorimetry, chromatography, and radioisotope techniques. Prereq: jr st; grades of C or better in Chem 221(P) or 223(P) & in Chem 501(P).
CIV ENG 492 - Environmental Impact Assessment (3 units; U/G)
Study and evaluation of the impacts of large scale projects on the quality of the environment with emphasis on the assessment of physical and community impacts. Impact statement preparation. Prereq: sr st.
ECON 328 - Environmental Economics (3 units; U)
Evaluating public policy of environmental and natural resources. Regulation of pollution, endangered species, natural resources, and other case studies. Prereq: Econ 103(P).
ECON 525 - The Economics of Water (3 units; U/G)
Comprehensive development of water resource economics for engineers, scientists, and economists; analysis of the public and private sector economics of water resources. Prereq: jr st; Econ 103(P); Math 231(P); a statistics course; or cons instr.
FRSHWTR 502 - Aquatic Ecosystem Dynamics (3 units; U/G)
Interdisciplinary, quantitative approach to understanding large lake dynamic processes, including geological formation, hydrology, hydrodynamics, chemistry and the dynamics of plankton and fish communities. Prereq: jr st; 1 sem calculus or algebra; 2 sem Physics, Chem, or Bio Sci; or cons instr.
FRSHWTR 504 - Quantitative Freshwater Analysis (3 units; U/G)
A fundamental set of tools for the quantitative analysis of environmental data sets, with an emphasis on the calculation of reservoirs, residence times and rates in aquatic systems. Prereq: jr st; 1 sem calculus, Physics, Chem, & Bio Sci; or cons instr.
GEOG 247 - Quantitative Analysis in Geography (3 units; U)
Application of quantitative measures to geographic problems. Topics include descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and bivariate relationships. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: Math 105(P).
GEOG 304 - Human Impact on the Environment (3 units; U)
Geographical and temporal distribution of human effects on land and resources; historical background of human concern for deleterious effects of impacts on environments. Prereq: jr st; intro course in Geog or a life sci recom.
GEOG 306 - Natural Hazards (3 units; U)
An introduction to processes and conditions responsible for natural hazards, reasons for geographic patterns of hazards' occurrence, and modes of adjustment to natural hazards. Prereq: jr st; a physical geog course recom.
GEOG 310 - General Climatology (3 units; U)
Global patterns of climate and the processes that shape them. Climatic elements, upper-atmospheric waves, internet data, Midwest climate, climate classification, and climate change. Prereq: jr st; Geog 120(R), Atm Sci 100(R), or Atm Sci 240(R).
GEOG 350 - Conservation of Natural Resources (3 units; U)
Analysis of environmental ethics; the positive and negative consequences of resource development with emphasis on strategies designed to resolve environmental conflicts. Prereq: jr st or a geog course.
GEOG 403 - Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis (4 units; U)
Use of aerial photographs and digital imagery in environmental and land use analysis, including urban areas. 3 hrs lec; 2 hrs lab. PC/Windows familiarity recom. Prereq: jr st & Geog 215(P).
GEOG 411 - Physical Climatology (3 units; U/G)
Analyzing climatic processes at the microclimate scale. Budgets of radiation, energy, water, and momentum at the earth's surface, sensible-latent heat, and soil-plant-atmosphere interactions. Prereq: jr st, Geog 120(P) or Atm Sci 100(P) or 240(P), & Geog 310(R); or grad st.
GEOG 424 - Karst Geomorphology (3 units; U/G)
Description and analysis of karst (limestone) processes and landforms. Prereq: jr st; Geog 004(P), 120(P) or cons instr.
GEOG 455 - Applied Climatology (3 units; U/G)
Applications of climate processes and data. Solar energy, wind energy, food production, water usage, building design, urban environments, ecological assessment, and land form development. Prereq: jr st, Geog 120(P) or Atm Sci 100(P) or 240(P), & Geog 310(R); or grad st.
GEOG 464 - Environmental Problems (3 units; U/G)
General discussion and case studies of geographical contexts and historical roots of modern environmental problems. History of human concern over adverse environmental impacts. Prereq: jr st & an intro course in a life science or environmental science.
GEOG 475 - Geography of Soils (3 units; U/G)
Systematic and regional study of soils, interrelationships of soils with the physical and cultural landscape. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st; Geog 120(P), 121(P), or 125(P) or equiv.
GEOG 515 - Watershed Analysis and Modeling (3 units; U)
Theories and applications of analytical and modeling techniques for watershed processes, including geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, and computer simulations. Prereq: jr st; working knowledge of GIS; Geog 415(R) or Geo Sci 463(R) or 562(R).
GEOG 520 - Physical Geography of the City (3 units; U/G)
Spatial aspects and interactions of plants, animals, climate, soils, and water resources relevant to human activities in the urban environment. Prereq: jr st & Geog 120(P) or 125(P); or grad st.
GEOG 525 - Geographic Information Science (4 units; U)
Geographic and information theoretical foundations of geographic information science (GIS). Use of macro languages in a software project to expand GIS functionality. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st, & Geog 215(P).
GEOG 547 - Spatial Analysis (4 units; U)
Advanced analysis techniques, including multivariate relationships and spatial modeling. Prereq: jr st; Geog 247(P) or dept-approved equiv.
GEOG 564 - Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice (3 units; U/G)
Spatial aspects of contributors to urban environmental change affecting social justice. Inequitable distribution of environmental risks and benefits; challenge of developing policies. Prereq: jr st.
GEOG 625 - Intermediate Geographic Information Science (4 units; U)
Concepts and techniques of geographic information science (GIS), with emphasis on GIS-based spatial analysis, associated applications, and technology. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st: Geog 525(P) or UrbPlan 591(P) or 791(P); or cons instr.
GEO SCI 400 - Water Quality (3 units; U/G)
Water availability and water quality in surface and subsurface water bodies; management of water as a resource. 2 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st; Chem 102(P); Math 232(P); or cons instr.
GEO SCI 464 - Chemical Hydrogeology (3 units; U/G)
Natural chemical processes that occur in groundwater systems, how they are modified by human activity and contamination, and attempts to regulate them. Lec, lab. Frshwtr 464 & Geo Sci 464 are jointly-offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; Chem 102(P).
GEO SCI 697 - Seminar in the Geological Sciences: (1-3 units; U/G)
Specific credits and add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course offered. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
MTHSTAT 215 - Elementary Statistical Analysis (3 units; U)
Elementary probability theory; descriptive statistics; sampling distributions; basic problems of statistical inference including estimation; tests of statistical hypothesis in both one- and two- sample cases. Prereq: satisfaction of Quantitative Literacy Part A GER.
PH 375 - Topics in Public Health for Undergrads: (3 units; U)
Topics of current interest in Public Health for undergrads. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: none.
SOCIOL 450 - Environmental Sociology (3 units; U)
Sociological analysis of the interaction between humans, their artifacts, and the natural environment. Prereq: jr st & Sociol 101(P).