Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Environmental Chemistry

The Slippery Rock University Chemistry Degree is certified by the American Chemistry Society or ACS. In order to earn ACS certification, students must complete 2 credits of Independent Study and 1 credit of Research in addition to the BS requirements. Students can also choose an option concentration in order to broaden their background in chemistry or to gain additional experience if they wish to pursue other interests.

Concentrations are available in the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Education
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Health Sciences

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the main disciplines of chemistry, namely Organic, Analytical, Biological, Physical, and Inorganic chemistry.
  • Students will demonstrate development of technical skills for practical applications of chemistry.
  • Students will present collected experimental data in written and oral reports.
  • Students and faculty will participate in faculty-led research projects. Students are expected to be actively working in the laboratory under the supervision and guidance of a faculty mentor.

Related Links

Chemistry - Environmental Chemistry, BS Program Page

Chemistry Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements45
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements54
Natural Science and Math College Wide Requirement12
Environmental Chemistry Concentration14-15
ACS Certification – Optional0-3

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 225Calculus I 2,34
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab 2,3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab 2,34
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 412
Total Hours45

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 27 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 27 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Introductory Chemistry Courses
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 13
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 11
Required Foundation Chemistry Courses
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 13
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 11
CHEM 301Physical Chemistry 1 13
CHEM 321Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 11
CHEM 335Biochemistry I 13
CHEM 336Biochemistry Laboratory I 11
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry 13
CHEM 351Analytical Chemistry Lab 11
CHEM 442Inorganic Chemistry 13
CHEM 452Physical Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 11
Required In-Depth Chemistry Courses
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II 13
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 11
CHEM 302Physical Chemistry II 13
CHEM 425Instrumental Analysis 13
CHEM 426Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 11
CHEM 460Materials Chemistry 13
Additional Required In-Depth Chemistry Courses
Select one lecture and one laboratory course:4
Biochemistry II 1
Biochemistry Laboratory II 1
Air Quality Assessment 1
Water Quality Assessment 1
Forensic Analysis 1
Forensic Analysis Lab 1
Advanced Organic Synthesis 1
Cognate Courses
BIOL 114Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab 14
PHYS 217University Physics 2 with Lab 14
MATH 230Calculus II 14
Total Hours54

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirement

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 1,23
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 1,21
MATH 225Calculus I 1,24
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab 1,24
Total Hours12

Environmental Chemistry Concentration

Required Courses
BIOL 401Ecology with Lab 13
EGEO 451Geochemistry/Lab 14
Required Chemistry Courses
Select one of the following:4
Air Quality Assessment 1
Water Quality Assessment 1
Additional Required Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Wetlands and Aquatic Plants/Lab 1
Freshwater Biomonitoring/Lab 1
Air Quality Assessment 1
Water Quality Assessment 1
Earth Materials and Processes/Lab 1
Total Hours14-15

ACS Certification – Optional

CHEM 490Independent Study 12
CHEM 496Research 11
Total Hours3

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes (e.g., Organic Chemistry II Lab)
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Student leadership development (Chemistry Club)
  4. Career education and development
  5. Internships
  6. Student teaching (serve as Lab Assistants and tutors)
  7. Volunteering

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Environmental Chemistry (ENVI)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 07.06.2022
UCC 03.22.2022

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Select one of the following: 3-4
Intermediate Algebra (if necessary)  
Precalculus (if necessary)  
Calculus I (if necessary)  
Calculus II  
BIOL 104 4
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Select one of the following: 4
Precalculus (if necessary)  
Calculus I (if necessary)  
Calculus II  
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Second Year
CHEM 201
CHEM 211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 243 Introduction to Research in Chemistry 1
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus I (if necessary)  
Calculus II  
PHYS 216 University Physics 1 with Lab 4
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
CHEM 202
CHEM 212
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 230 Calculus II (if necessary) 4
PHYS 217 University Physics 2 with Lab 4
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Third Year
CHEM 335
CHEM 336
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 350
CHEM 351
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
Civil Discourse Requirement - select one 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
BIOL 401 Ecology with Lab 3
Select one of the following: 3
Physical Chemistry II (even years)  
Materials Chemistry (odd years)  
Select one of the following: 4
In Depth Chemistry Elective (1 lecture and 1 lab)
Biochemistry II
and Biochemistry Laboratory II
Forensic Analysis
and Forensic Analysis Lab
Advanced Organic Synthesis  
CHEM 425
CHEM 426
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 491 Chemistry Seminar 1
Select one of the following: 4
Air Quality Assessment (even years)  
Water Quality Assessment (odd years)  
Fourth Year
CHEM 301
CHEM 321
Physical Chemistry 1
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 442 Inorganic Chemistry 3
Select 3-4 credits from the following 3-4
Wetlands and Aquatic Plants/Lab  
Freshwater Biomonitoring/Lab  
Air Quality Assessment  
Water Quality Assessment  
Earth Materials and Processes/Lab  
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Select one of the following: 3
Physical Chemistry II (even years)  
Materials Chemistry (odd years)  
CHEM 452 Physical Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
EGEO 451 Geochemistry/Lab 4
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
Inquiry/Thread/Elective Course 3
 Total Hours**123-125

Optional ACS Certification requires 2 credits of CHEM 490: Independent Study and 1 credit of CHEM 496: Research.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6118
Concentration Code: ENVI
Revised date: 08.02.2021