NKEB14016U Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

Volume 2015/2016
Bachelor Degree Program in Chemistry

The goal of the course is to introduce environmental chemistry including the earth, the dynamics of the environment, the spheres (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biota), chemistry of the atmosphere, biogeochemical cycles of the elements, industrial processes, energy and climate.

Learning Outcome


understand the biogeochemical cycles of the elements

understand important components of the chemistry of the atmosphere, hydropshere, lithosphere and soil

understand the effects of important industrial processes on the environment and the underlying chemistry


the ability to analyze the chemical reactions that anthropogenic compounds undergo in the atmosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere


to provide a chemical and physical description of the fundamental natural properties of the environment

to analyse chemical reactions that chemicals produced by humans undergo in nature.

Chemistry and the Environment by Harnung and Johnson, Cambridge University Press, 2012

The students are assumed to be familiar with the contents of MatIntroKem, KemiU1, KemiBin, KemiO, AnvMatKem.
Lectures and exercises
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Exam Preparation
  • 10
  • Exercises
  • 21
  • Guidance
  • 7
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 125
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
Individual oral exam after approval of five out of seven assignments. Maximum 2 minutes preparation time and ca. 25 minutes oral exam.
Exam registration requirements
Five of seven assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period
Block 1
Same as the ordinary exam. Requirements for re-exam: The seven assignments should be delivered, at the latest, two weeks before signing up for the re-exam. Five of the seven assignments shall be approved to take the re-exam.
Criteria for exam assesment

The students shall demonstrate how well they have fulfilled the goals of the course.