Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry), BS

Do you want to solve today's environmental challenges? Study materials at the molecular level to build an approach that provides enormous leverage for change. Take courses in environmental chemistry that will create a foundation of critical thinking and problem-solving skills and an Earth-centric perspective that will benefit the planet and your career.

Program Description

The BS in chemistry with an environmental chemistry concentration is an interdisciplinary degree program that combines chemistry with environmental sciences courses in geology, mathematics and physics. Students learn to understand the world around them from a molecular perspective and to tackle problems in pollution control, energy and climate change.

This program prepares students to become scientists and leaders in solving environmental problems and for careers in environmental science, policy and regulation, and it serves as excellent preparation for advanced level study of chemical and environmental sciences in graduate school.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

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ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

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Career Outlook

A solid undergraduate program of education in chemistry that is obtained with this degree provides the necessary background for many career paths in chemical industries, government and other areas. This degree can be combined with law for patent work or government work, economics for sales and marketing careers, and computer science for careers in information storage and retrieval related to our planet.

Students planning to work in areas related to the environment will find the environmental chemistry concentration especially appropriate; they are also prepared for careers in environmental science, environmental monitoring, policy and regulation.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Chemical Technician

  • Growth: 2.8%
  • Median Salary*: $49,820
Green Occupation


  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: $79,300
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Climate Change Analyst

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

College/University Professor

  • Growth: 2.0%
  • Median Salary*: $71,950

Crime Scene Investigator

  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: $60,590
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $137,940
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 6.4%
  • Median Salary*: $99,740
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Park Ranger

  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: $64,020
  Bright Outlook

Soil Scientist

  • Growth: 6.8%
  • Median Salary*: $66,120
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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