As a student majoring in environmental chemistry at Queens, you will engage in real research projects that affect our community. You will explore the application of methods to preserve the air, land and water of our planet. You will work with substances and chemical processes to deplete contamination and pollution as you restore weakening ecosystems. Critical thinking, quantitative reasoning and analytical skills are all necessary to identify, monitor and resolve environmental issues. You will study all of the five areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry), with advanced studies in environmental science and chemistry. Under this major, you will participate in lab and field experiences and complete course-embedded research projects. Our major consists of a curriculum recommended by the American Chemist Society (ACS). You will earn a Bachelor of Science degree under this program.
Queens will prepare you as an environmental chemist to have a significantly positive affect on the world we live in. Did You Know?
While pursuing a degree in chemistry, our students have held internships or conducted summer research with:
- In the past 50 years, humans have consumed more resources than in all previous history.
- More than 2 million people globally die prematurely every year due to outdoor and indoor air pollution.
- Approximately 40% of the lakes in American are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life or swimming.
- One out of every three cleaning chemicals used in US schools has been shown to cause health or environmental problems.
Our environmental chemistry majors will all engage in research projects, as well as gain real world experience through internships. You could intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program
- Discovery Place
- Catawba Land Conservancy
- Sierra Club
When You Graduate
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for environmental scientists of all kinds are projected to grow. Specifically, from 2012 to 2022 jobs are expected to expand by 15%. This is due mostly to recent initiatives by governments and businesses to be more conscious of their effect on the environment.
When you graduate with an environmental chemistry major from Queens, you will be prepared to pursue a career in the private or public sector as an environmental chemist. You may choose to become a researcher in basic or applied environmental toxicology, chemistry or remediation. Our program also readies you for graduate studies in environmental chemistry or a closely related field.