BS Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)

Do you want to make an impact on today's environmental challenges? Study the nature of materials to solve these problems at the atomic and molecular levels. Take courses with an environmental chemistry emphasis that help you to build a foundation of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to aid your future 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 and climate change. Students are also prepared for careers in environmental science, control, policy and regulation.

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

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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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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 provides the necessary background for many career paths in chemical industries, government and other areas. Chemistry can be combined with law for patent work, economics for sales and marketing careers and computer science for careers in information storage and retrieval. Students planning careers in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine often pursue a course of study in chemistry with supporting work in biology as the route for preprofessional training. Students planning to work in areas related to the environment will find the environmental chemistry concentration especially appropriate.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

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: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $47,280
Green Occupation


  • Growth: 6.5%
  • Median Salary*: $74,740
Green Occupation

Climate Change Analyst

  • Growth: 11.1%
  • Median Salary*: $69,400
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

College/University Professor

  • Growth: 9.4%
  • Median Salary*: $64,480

Crime Scene Investigator

  • Growth: 16.8%
  • Median Salary*: $57,850
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Growth: 11.1%
  • Median Salary*: $69,400
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 9.9%
  • Median Salary*: $118,970
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 12.0%
  • Median Salary*: $92,070
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Park Ranger

  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: $61,480

Soil Scientist

  • Growth: 8.8%
  • Median Salary*: $62,430
Green Occupation

* 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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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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