Environmental Organic Chemistry and Modeling, 15 credits

About the education

This course uses different modeling concepts to investigate how physicochemical properties and environmental factors affect contaminant transport and fate in the environment, bioaccumulation of contaminants in food webs and human exposure to contaminants.

The knowledge is useful in research within environmental chemistry and (eco)toxicology, risk analysis, environmental consultancy, chemical regulation and chemical stewardship in industry.

Topics covered include:

- Physicochemical properties of organic contaminants

- Partitioning of organic contaminants between air, water, soil, sediment and biota

- Transport processes and reactions of organic contaminants in the environment

- Basic modeling concepts and application of multimedia environmental models to contaminants

- Modeling bioaccumulation of contaminants

- Modeling pathways of human exposure to contaminants

- Application of models in regulatory work

Course includes lectures, seminars, exercises and modelling workshops.

Subject: Environmental Science

Climate changes, environmental pollutants, ozone depletion, poor air and water quality, changes in landscape, waste disposal, depletion of natural resources, loss of ecosystem services, resilience and biological diversity, etc. The list of environmental problems is long as we humans use the resources nature has to offer without knowing or paying attention to the consequences. Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary subject which applies knowledge from both the natural and social sciences to identify, understand, prevent, and deal with environmental problems caused by human activities. The Bachelor and Master Programs in Environmental Science offer an education in a natural science with environmental relevance and a background to the societal aspects of environmental problems. The programs apply a systems approach to the study of environmental problems and to man’s relationship to his environment. More information can be found at the ITM homepage www.itm.su.se.

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.