Environmental Geology and Chemistry, BS

Jonathan Grabowski, PhD
Associate Professor
Marine Science Center, Nahant
781.581.370 x337

Michael P. Pollastri, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
102 Hurtig Hall

Danielle Lynch, Undergraduate Administrative Officer, dw.lynch@neu.edu, 617.373.3176

The Departments of Marine and Environmental Sciences and Chemistry provide education in basic environmental science and chemistry-related disciplines. The overall objective of this combined major is to provide the fundamental scientific background and practical training for students as they prepare for environmental and chemically related careers or advanced study in fields including the traditional specialties such as toxicology, pollution, bio-remediation, environmental protection, education, law, and other endeavors that may draw upon an understanding of the chemical basis of the environment and the changes that will likely result from global warming.

Key general objectives are the development of qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills and effective communication skills. Specific learning objectives for this combined major include the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving abilities in the fundamental dynamics between the environment and its chemistry, be it analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Students will perform quantitative measurements; learn proper laboratory practices, including safety; develop proficiency with modern instruments and computers for data acquisition and analysis; and learn the relevance of chemistry within the context of the abiotic and biotic environments.

Most of our combined majors will participate in the cooperative education program and thereby gain invaluable professional experience to augment their classroom and laboratory work. Not only does that experience add immensely to the overall education received, it also has the potential to provide contacts and references for later employment or graduate school admissions. Students in this major may also undertake research projects for at least one semester under the supervision of a faculty member. Sufficient electives are available in the program either to take more advanced courses or research within the department or to add courses in an area of special interest.  

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

 Environmental Geology Major Requirements

Earth Foundations
ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
Dynamic Earth
and Lab for ENVR 1200
ENVR 1202
and ENVR 1203
History of Earth and Life
and Interpreting Earth History
ENVR 2310
and ENVR 2311
Earth Materials
and Lab for ENVR 2310
ENVR 2340
and ENVR 2341
Earth Landforms and Processes
and Lab for ENVR 2340
Environmental Geology Intermediate/Advanced Electives
Complete two intermediate or advanced electives from ENVR 2300 to ENVR 5999.8-10

Supporting Courses for Environmental Geology 

MATH 1241Calculus 14
MATH 1242Calculus 24
Science Requirement
Complete one of the following options:10
Biology Option
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
Physics Option
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165

 Chemistry Major Requirements

General Chemistry
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
Intermediate-Level Chemistry
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
CHEM 2331
and CHEM 2332
Bioanalytical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 2331
CHEM 3403
and CHEM 3404
Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
and Lab for CHEM 3403
CHEM 3431
and CHEM 3432
Physical Chemistry
and Lab for CHEM 3431
Advanced-Level Chemistry
CHEM 3521
and CHEM 3522
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
and Instrumental Methods of Analysis Lab

Environmental Geology/Chemistry Integrative Requirement

Choose two courses from the following:
Environmental Geochemistry
Soil Science

Environmental Geology/Chemistry Major Credit Requirement

Complete 94 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required.

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
ENGW 11114ENVR 1202
and ENVR 1203
ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
5MATH 12424  
MATH 12414Elective4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
ENVR 2310
and ENVR 2311
5EESC 20001  
Physics 1 or Biology 15GEOL intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
 Physics 2 or Biology 25  
 15 15 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHEM 2331
and CHEM 2332
 ENVR 2340
and ENVR 2341
 Integrative course5  
 0 19 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CHEM 34314CHEM 3521
and CHEM 3522
 CHEM 34321Elective4 
 GEOL intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
 Integrative course4  
 0 17 9 0
Year 5
Co-opENGW 3303, 3307, or 33154  
 CHEM 34034  
 CHEM 34041  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 136