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Bachelor of Sciences in Chemistry With Environmental Chemistry

Chemistry with Concentration in Environmental Chemistry
Bachelor of Science

Undergraduate (Bachelors)

On Campus (In-Person)

Downtown Location

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The Environmental Chemistry degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts and the Natural Sciences. This degree is particularly appropriate for students’ interested working in the chemistry industry, state regulatory agencies involved in environmental monitoring, as well as graduate studies in chemistry and environmental sciences. Topics that are of interest to this major are radioactivity, carbon dioxide levels, endangered species and toxic chemicals.

Some of the courses included in this area are organic chemistry, physical chemistry, geology, quantitative analysis, and biochemistry. The courses specified for this degree are consistent with those suggested by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a special focus on environmental chemistry. Students are required to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum to satisfy graduation requirements for this degree.


Graduates who earn a BS in Chemistry will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills).
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).
  • Demonstrate the use of scientific reasoning to analyze and interpret data and implement project-based activities (Scientific Reasoning and Research).
  • Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).


The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2021-2022 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


Students may be admitted to and declare a major in Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry if they meet the following criteria:

See Criteria ∇
Admission and Declaration of Major


There are many career options to choose from in the field of environmental chemistry. Environmental scientist and specialist may advise policymakers, clean up polluted areas or work with industry to decrease waste. Some work in laboratories and/or offices, while others may gather data and monitor environmental conditions out in the field. This curriculum will prepare students for careers such as:

  • Agricultural Agent
  • Animal Scientist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Activist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Regulator
  • Toxicologist
  • Waste Management Technician
  • Soil Scientist
  • Pollution Engineer
  • Parasitologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Range Manager


  • Biology 22 Hours Minimum
  • Geology 20 Hours Minimum
  • Microbiology 20 Hours Minimum




We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.

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