SPECIALIST PROGRAM IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (SCIENCE)

Supervisor of Studies: Myrna Simpson (416) 287-7234 Email: myrna.simpson@utoronto.ca

This program is intended for students who want an in-depth study of chemistry, with a specialization in how to apply chemistry to solve environmental problems. The first year of the program emphasizes learning fundamentals across various disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and environmental science. As students progress into upper years, they develop skills in the fundamental areas of chemistry while also taking specialized courses in environmental chemistry. In their fourth year, students have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of scientific knowledge by participating in a directed research project. Students who graduate from this program will be well qualified for positions in government and industry as well as several graduate programs.

This program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC). It meets the national standards of education required by the CSC, ensuring that graduating students possess skills in both the core chemical concepts and practical laboratory skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s workforce. Graduates of these programs will receive a certificate stating that they have completed a nationally accredited chemistry program.

Students may apply to this program after completing at least 4.0 credits from the following: EESA01H3, EESA06H3, BIOA01H3, BIOA02H3, CHMA10H3, [CHMA11H3 or CHMA12H3], MATA30H3, MATA36H3, and PHYA10H3; in addition, they must have achieved a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0. Application for admission to the program is made to the Registrar through ACORN. See the UTSC Registrar's website for information on the program (Subject POSt) selection, and application window dates on the following website.

Program Requirements
Total requirements: 16.0 credits

First Year (4.5 credits):
BIOA01H3 Life on Earth: Unifying Principles
BIOA02H3 Life on Earth: Form, Function and Interactions
CHMA10H3 Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
[CHMA11H3 Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms or CHMA12H3 Advanced General Chemistry]
EESA01H3 Introduction to Environmental Science
EESA06H3 Introduction to Planet Earth
MATA30H3 Calculus I for Physical Sciences
MATA36H3 Calculus II for Physical Sciences
PHYA10H3 Physics I for the Physical Sciences

Second Year (4.5 credits):
CHMB16H3 Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
CHMB23H3 Introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Theory and Practice
CHMB31H3 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHMB41H3 Organic Chemistry I
CHMB42H3 Organic Chemistry II
CHMB55H3 Environmental Chemistry
EESB15H3 Earth History
and
0.5 credit from the following:
CHMB21H3 Chemical Structure and Spectroscopy
CHMB62H3 Introduction to Biochemistry
and
0.5 credit from the following:

EESB03H3 Principles of Climatology
EESB19H3 Mineralogy

Third Year (4.0 credits):
CHMC11H3 Principles of Analytical Instrumentation
EESC07H3 Groundwater
EESC20H3 Geochemistry
STAB22H3 Statistics I
and
1.5 credit from the following:

CHMC16H3 Analytical Instrumentation
CHMC31Y3 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
CHMC41H3 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHMC42H3 Organic Synthesis
CHMC47H3 Bio-Organic Chemistry
and
0.5 credit from the following:

EESB04H3 Principles of Hydrology
EESB05H3 Principles of Soil Science

Fourth Year (3.0 credits):
CHMD16H3 Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
EESC13H3 Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
EESD02H3 Contaminant Hydrogeology
EESD15H3 Fundamentals of Site Remediation
and
1.0 credit from the following, including one of CHMD90Y3, CHMD91H3 and CHMD92H3:
CHMD11H3 Application of Spectroscopy in Chemical Structure Determination
CHMD59H3 Modelling the Fate of Organic Chemicals in the Environment
CHMD89H3 Introduction to Green Chemistry
CHMD90Y3 Directed Research in Chemistry
CHMD91H3 Directed Research in Chemistry
CHMD92H3 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory Course