Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

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

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: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements56
Natural Science and Mathematics College Wide Requirements12
Environmental Chemistry Concentration14-15
ACS Certification – Optional 0-3

* 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.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select 9-10 credits of the following recommended courses:9-10
General Physics I with Lab (Recommended) 1,2
Calculus I (Recommended) 1,2
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46


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

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 28 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 28 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required 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 243Introduction to Research in Chemistry1
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
CHEM 491Chemistry Seminar 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 104Principles of Biology with Lab 14
PHYS 213General Physics III/ Lab 14
MATH 230Calculus II 14
Total Hours56

Natural Science and Mathematics College Wide Requirement

CHEM 107General Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab 11
PHYS 211General Physics I with Lab 14
MATH 225Calculus I 14
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

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 Fall 2019.
Revised 9-2019
UCC 3.5.2019