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CHEM 311 - Environmental Chemistry
Spring 2021, Section 01

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000691 CHEM 311 01 Environmental Chemistry
01/11 - 05/03
3.0 Full Gulbranson, Erik
Blended/Hybrid Location: z MnSCU Metropolitan State University

Meeting Details
1/11/2021 - 5/3/2021 n/a n/a n/a Gulbranson, Erik

  • First day attendance is mandatory.
  • Permission Required: no admittance after first class meeting.
  • Note: This course combines asynchronous online course work and on campus in person labs. Lab time and location are noted, and instructor will split class into A and B sections to follow proper social distancing protocol. There are required online activities and assignments each week. May require remotely proctored exams that require a webcam and microphone. Intermediate computer/Internet skills required. For online learning and course access information go to

Location Details
Offered through: Metropolitan State University.
Campus: Metropolitan State University. Location: z MnSCU Metropolitan State University.

Seat Availability
Status: Full Size: 24 Enrolled: 24 Seats Remaining: 0

Prerequisites (Courses and Tests)
[MATH 115 - College Algebra AND CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I (Minimum grade: 1.66 GPA equivalent) AND CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II (Minimum grade: 1.66 GPA equivalent); OR , MATH 120 - Precalculus AND CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I (Minimum grade: 1.66 GPA equivalent) AND CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II (Minimum grade: 1.66 GPA equivalent)]
  • Permission is required
  • Permission Required: Permission Required: no admittance after first class meeting.
  • Requires minimum credits: 30

Full refund is available until January 15, 2021, 11:59PM CST.
Adding course is closed. Dropping course is closed.
The last day to withdraw from this course is April 12, 2021.

Tuition and Fees (Approximate)

Tuition and Fees (approximate):

Tuition -resident: $748.17
Tuition -nonresident: $748.17
Approximate Course Fees: $111.33

Course Level


Labs: CHEM 311L

General/Liberal Education Category
  • Goal 03 - Natural Science Lab
  • Upper Division Liberal Studies

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal
  • Goal 03 - Natural Science
    • Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories.
    • Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students' laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty.
    • Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing.
  • Goal 10 - People/Environment
    • Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
    • Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
    • Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
    • Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
    • Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
    • Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.

This class addresses the principles of atmospheric chemistry, energy and climate changes, water chemistry, and soil chemistry. During the course of the semester, students will learn the chemistry behind modern challenges to our environment. It will include and examination of the sources, reactions, transport, and fates of different chemical species in the environment. The following topics will be covered: a) atmospheric chemistry and air pollution; b) energy and climate change; c) water chemistry and water pollution; d) toxic organic compounds e) wastes, soils and sediments.

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