Chemistry - Environmental Studies

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Interested in using science to address some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times? Looking to explore, understand and appreciate the interaction between different natural and ecological systems at the molecular level? As a chemistry - environmental studies major at Whitman, you will not only develop a deep understanding of the impact of chemical alterations and degradations on our environment but also gain the tools you need to do something about it.

Take advantage of an interdisciplinary curriculum that not only focuses on basic chemistry but also enables you to understand U.S. environmental laws and address such issues as environmental pollution, water quality, water scarcity, water and wastewater treatment strategies and processes, as well as the impact of acid rain, global warming and stratospheric ozone depletion.

Enjoy the benefits of cutting-edge facilities and technologies to gain a practical understanding of modern chemical instrumentation and processes. Beginning from your very first year at Whitman, you will find yourself in experiments involving pH meters, analytical balances, and visible spectrophotometers. Subsequently, you may also be introduced to atomic absorption, infrared, fluorescence, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass and ultraviolet spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography and electrochemistry.

Be part of a college community that takes pride in connecting to the natural world in powerful ways-as much through its location in the eco-friendly Pacific Northwest as through such nationally recognized academic and extracurricular programs as the Semester in the West and the Whitman Outdoor Program or through fieldwork at the Johnston Wilderness Campus and other sites across the nation.