Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, FC, 15 credits

About the education

The course is designed to provide a fundamental survey of concepts and definitions in Environmental Chemistry.

The course will give a fundamental survey of different types of organic contaminants: production/sources, use, properties, distribution, abiotic transformation, metabolism and chemical analysis. Some methods for analysis of environmental contaminants will be presented.

Furthermore, the course will give a basic survey of chemical reactions of inorganic compounds in natural waters; thermodynamics, kinetics and chemical equilibrium in nature; inorganic environmental chemistry, especially the sources of heavy metals, their distribution and potential health risks and environmental hazards.

The course will also give a basic survey of atmospheric composition and processes: ozone chemistry of the stratosphere, photochemistry of the troposphere, atmospheric particles, cloud chemistry. Sources, transport, chemistry, deposition and effects of atmospheric contaminants; greenhouse gases and climate change.

Subject: Chemistry

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Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.