Environmental Chemistry, B.S.
Undergraduate Degree
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Program Overview

Environmental chemists monitor what’s in the air, water and soil to study how chemicals enter and impact the environment. These scientists also study how human activity affects the environment. As an environmental chemist, you’ll monitor the source and extent of pollution and contamination, especially how it affects our human health, and promote sustainability, conservation and protection.

Marshall University in Huntington, WV, can start you on this path with the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Chemistry degree program. Completing the Environmental Chemistry major prepares you for career opportunities in environmental chemistry, toxicology, environmental policy, consulting and more.

The bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry program also is an excellent choice for students who plan to go on for professional training in the fields of law, public policy, safety, industrial hygiene or business where they can apply their chemistry knowledge in new ways. According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), environmental chemists can be involved in analytical testing or new product development in the lab, or work with users of chemicals in the field, and oversee safety and regulatory issues in an office.

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Featured Courses
CHM 355 - Organic Chemistry 1
A systematic study of organic chemistry including modern structural theory, spectroscopy, and stereochemistry; application of these topics to the study of reactions and their mechanisms and applications to synthesis.
NRE 322 - Assess I: Terrestrial Systems
Use of scientific procedure and current technology to characterize and quantify sensitive elements of terrestrial ecosystems and to assess human impact on these systems.
NRE 323 - Assessment II: Aquatic Ecology
Use of scientific procedures and current technology to characterize and quantify sensitive elements of aquatic ecosystems and to assess human impact on these systems.
Program Highlights
Grounding in Science

At Marshall University, Environmental Chemistry majors receive vital training as a chemist and build a solid foundation in the field of chemistry. As a result, while you major in Environmental Chemistry, you’ll be building a strong skillset that will enable you to work in any lab and use your training to follow other career paths.

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Marshall’s Department of Chemistry has been continuously certified since 1963 by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Marshall has just been recertified by ACS through 2026.

Focus on experience. Majors in Environmental Chemistry and other specialized chemistry programs must complete a research project or internship as a requirement to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. This also provides students with the opportunity to learn with Marshall chemistry faculty to do research or to get industry experience working with employers.

Hands-on learning

Environmental Chemistry degree majors are encouraged to complete an internship, working in an industrial setting where they can put their chemical training into practice, often in the role of laboratory technician. Environmental Chemistry majors follow Marshall internship guidelines to find a possible placement, and the chemistry department evaluates placements for appropriateness.

Career Opportunities
Employment opportunities for Environmental Chemistry majors will continue to grow because of increased environmental regulations being enforced by the EPA and state agencies, the ACS reports. The chemical industry employs a large number of environmental chemists to ensure that a given company is in compliance with government regulations.
  • Environmental chemist
  • Government environmental scientist
  • Water treatment specialist
  • Environmental assessment analyst
  • Environmental auditor
  • Environmental consultant
  • University research associate