Tarleton  State  University

Department of Chemistry,Geosciences, and Environmental Science

Course Syllabus

Fall Semester, 2011


            CHEM 510-3    ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY       Thursday, 6:00-9:00 PM
                                                                                                            Room 109 SCPL

            Dr. Linda Schultz   schultz@tarleton.edu
            Phone: (254)968-9143, (325)643-1384 (home) or (325)642-0490 (cell)
            Office: Room 407 SCIENCE
            Office Hours: by appointment

Course Prerequisites:
            CHEM  2104 (Organic Chemistry I)
            The student should also be enrolled in the TSU Graduate School.

Course Description:
            Study of the impact of chemistry on the environment, to include topics on air, water, and soil pollution, with special emphasis on water.  Beneficial chemical modification of the environment will be covered.
            The course consists of three (3) lecture hours per week for 3 hours of graduate credit.

Required Texts and Materials:
            ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY by Manahan, 8th ed.

Attendance Policy:

            Good attendance is essential to successful mastery of course material.  Attendance will be monitored.  Please notify the instructor of excused absences.  These are described in the current University Catalog  and in the TSU Student Handbook.
University Policy:

            The student is expected to be familiar with student responsibilities as outlined in the current University Catalog and TSU Student Handbook.
            Students with documented disabilities may request accommodations that will enable them to participate in and benefit from educational programs and activities.  To ensure that services will be available in an efficient and timely manner, students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to contact Student Disability Services, Math Bldg. Suite 201, (254)968-9400.

Grading Policy:
            Please refer to the current University Catalog for additional information regarding grades and course withdrawal policies.  For this course, your grade will be determined in the following manner:

                        Homework                  20%
                        MidTerm Exam           40%
                        Final Exam                  40%

            The final grade will be assigned as follows, although the instructor reserves the right to lower the limits slightly at her discretion considering factors such as student attendance.

                        A = 90% or above
                        B = 80% - 89%
                        C = 70% - 79%
                        D = 60% - 69%
                        F = below 60%

            Make-up exams will be by permission of the instructor.  Please contact the instructor immediately after the missed exam to make arrangements. 

 Course Objectives:

            Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of:

1.    Frequently used terminology in Environmental Chemistry.
2.    Major environmental chemistry cycles.
3.    Fundamentals of aquatic chemistry, including solubility and factors influencing solubility,
       such as pH and complexation.
4.   Oxidation and reduction processes in natural waters,
5.   The role of phase interactions and aquatic microbial biochemistry in aquatic systems.
6.   Fundamentals of water pollution and water treatment.
7.   The atmosphere and fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry.
8.   The role of particulates, inorganic air pollutants, and organic air pollutants in atmospheric
9.   The nature of photochemical smog.
10. Current major environmental atmospheric problems.
11. The geosphere and fundamentals of geochemistry and soil chemistry.
12. The influences of technology on the environment.
13. The nature of, environmental chemistry of, and treatment of hazardous wastes.
14. Fundamentals of environmental biochemistry and toxicology.
15. Principles of major environmental chemical analytical techniques.

Sources of Assistance:

1.   The textbook.  It cost a lot of money.  Read it and work the assigned homework problems
      at the end of the chapters.
2.   Your instructor.  If you are having difficulty working the problems, call  e-mail, or  come by
      to see me.

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule


Notes Part 1

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note:  The course schedule is tentative.  The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at any time.  Any changes will be announced in class in advance.