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Environmental Organic Chemistry and Modeling

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 structure

    Teaching format

    Course includes lectures, seminars, exercises and modelling workshops.


    Knowledge assessment takes place through oral and written assignments and a written exam.


    Cheating and plagiarism

    Cheating of every kind is wholly unacceptable and Stockholm University takes this matter extremely seriously.

    By cheating is meant, for example, that students cooperate in an unauthorized way, use unauthorized resources or otherwise try to cheat in the examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures.

    Read more about the rules and regulations here:
    Guidelines for Disciplinary Matters at Stockholm University
    Your rights and responsibilities as a student
    Regulations for written seated examination

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Course period 2020: Tue 3/11 2020 - Fri 15/1 2021

    Course period 2021: Mon 1/11 2021 - Fri 14/1 2022

  • Course literature

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Required course for MSc in Environmental Science.

    Elective course in the natural sciences.

  • Contact

    Study counsellors

    Course coordinator

    Ian Cousins,

    Department of Environmental Science, unit of Contaminant Chemistry