Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemistry is the scientific study of the chemical and biochemical phenomena that occur in natural places. It should not be confused with green chemistry, which seeks to reduce potential pollution at its source. It can be defined as the study of the sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in the air, soil, and water environments; and the effect of human activity and biological activity on these. Environmental chemistry is an interdisciplinary science that includes atmospheric, aquatic and soil chemistry, as well as heavily relying on analytical chemistry and being related to environmental and other areas of science.

Environmental chemistry is the study of chemical processes occurring in the environment which are impacted by humankind's activities. These impacts may be felt on a local scale, through the presence of urban cities' air pollutants or toxic substances arising from a chemical waste site, or on a global scale, through depletion of stratospheric ozone or global warming. The focus in our courses and research activities is upon developing a fundamental understanding of the nature of these chemical processes, so that humankind's activities can be accurately evaluated.

Environmental chemistry involves first understanding how the uncontaminated environment works, which chemicals in what concentrations are present naturally, and with what effects. Without this it would be impossible to accurately study the effects humans have on the environment through the release of chemicals.

Environmental chemists draw on a range of concepts from chemistry and various environmental sciences to assist in their study of what is happening to a chemical species in the environment. Important general concepts from chemistry include understanding chemical reactions and equations, solutions, units, sampling, and analytical techniques.

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Matching Environmental Chemistry Colleges

Saint Edward's University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $42,550 average out-state tuition; $42,550 average in-state tuition

University of Georgia

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Rhode Island College

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Northwest Nazarene University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $28,500 average out-state tuition; $28,500 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Environmental Chemistry Majors

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FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

$13,500 August 15, 2022 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

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$13,500

deadline

August 15, 2022
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SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

SOLV Energy Women in Solar Scholarship

Solar Energy International (SEI)

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$10,000

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Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

$10,000 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

award

$10,000

deadline

July 31, 2022
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HBCU Sustainable Communities Initiative Scholarship Program

UNCF, Inc

$5,000 June 30, 2022 See Details
 

HBCU Sustainable Communities Initiative Scholarship Program

UNCF, Inc

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$5,000

deadline

June 30, 2022
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Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

$5,000 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Nicholas D. Chabraja Scholarship

Association of the United States Army

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$5,000

deadline

July 31, 2022
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Bayer Fund STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$4,400 July 13, 2022 See Details
 

Bayer Fund STEM Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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$4,400

deadline

July 13, 2022
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SBB Research STEM Scholarship

SBB Research Group

$2,500 Varies See Details
 

SBB Research STEM Scholarship

SBB Research Group

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$2,500

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Olay Face the Stem Gap Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$2,500 June 29, 2022 See Details
 

Olay Face the Stem Gap Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

award

$2,500

deadline

June 29, 2022
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Soileau Family SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Central Florida

Up to $2,500 July 31, 2022 See Details
 

Soileau Family SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Central Florida

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Up to $2,500

deadline

July 31, 2022
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Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

Scarlett Family Foundation

$2,500 December 15, 2022 See Details
 

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

Scarlett Family Foundation

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$2,500

deadline

December 15, 2022
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