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Chem 201, Environmental Chemistry 1

University of Mississippi
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(662) 915-7301
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Kerri Scott

Instructor: Dr. Kerri Scott

Dr. Kerri Scott is an Instructional Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Forensic Chemistry in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department of the The University of Mississippi.

She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Murray State University and her D.A. degree from The University of Mississippi.

An instructor at the university since 1991, she has regularly taught liberal arts, preparatory, and majors chemistry, as well as courses in forensic chemistry.

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This course represents the first half of a two-part study of Environmental Chemistry. It is designed primarily for the non-science student who needs to fulfill the science requirements of his or her degree program and for the intellectually curious citizen who, realizing that chemistry is intimately related to his/her everyday life and health, desires to gain a general knowledge of the science, especially as it pertains to the environment.

No attempt will be made to teach a rigorous course in chemical principles. Formulas, equations, and structures will be used only as required to illustrate adequately the topics being discussed. Environmental Chemistry has no prerequisite and may not be counted toward a major or a minor in chemistry by University of Mississippi students.

Chemistry 201 is comprised of 20 lessons, the titles of which are listed below. The student is expected to complete each lesson in its proper order before going on to the next. The student will note that, in general, each lesson consists of the instructor's notes, a reading assignment from the textbook, and a writing assignment that must be completed.

Textbook Information:


Required Textbook:

Chemistry for Changing Times. Hill, John W., Terry W. McCreary and Doris K. Kolb. 12th Edition, 2010. Prentice-Hall, Inc.

ISBN 0-13-605449-8

The text will be used for both courses in Environmental Chemistry (Chemistry 201 and 202). Almost all of the text will be studied, with only a few chapters omitted. The student is encouraged, although not required, to read even the deleted chapters for his/her own information.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • To motive students to learn some fundamentals of environmental chemistry because knowing it is important and relevant to their lives.

  • To lead students to discover some theoretical and practical applications of chemistry to environmental issues.

  • To empower students to locate and address technical issues

  • To help students develop their analytical skills, critical judgements, and abilities to recognize and assess risks and benefits.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 20 instructional modules (or lessons).

Lessons & Exams

Assigned Readings

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

Writing Assignment

Lesson Two

The Cycles of Nature: Water

Writing Assignment

Lesson Three

The Cycles of Nature: Oxygen

Writing Assignment

Lesson Four

The Cycles of Nature: Nitrogen

Writing Assignment

Lesson Five

The Cycles of Nature: Carbon

Writing Assignment

Lesson Six

The Essential Foods: Carbohydrates

Writing Assignment

Lesson Seven

The Essential Foods: Fats

Writing Assignment

Lesson Eight

The Essential Foods: Proteins, Minerals, and Vitamins

Writing Assignment

Lesson Nine

Processed Foods

Writing Assignment

Lesson Ten

Food Additives: Part I

Writing Assignment

Lesson Eleven

Food Additives: Part II

Writing Assignment

Lesson Twelve

Food Additives: Part III

Writing Assignment

Mid Course Exam

Lessons 1 through 12

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Thirteen

Water Pollution: Components of Natural Water

Writing Assignment

Lesson Fourteen

Water Pollution: Biochemical Oxygen Demand and Thermal Pollution

Writing Assignment

Lesson Fifteen

Water Pollution: Detergents

Writing Assignment

Lesson Sixteen

Water Pollution: Soaps

Writing Assignment

Lesson Seventeen

Water Pollution: Oil, Metal, and Organochlorine Contaminates

Writing Assignment

Lesson Eighteen

Water Pollution: Wastewater Treatment, Part I

Writing Assignment

Lesson Nineteen

Water Pollution: Wastewater Treatment, Part II

Writing Assignment

Lesson Twenty

Water Pollution: Salt-Water Treatment

Writing Assignment

Final Exam

Lessons 1 through 20

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

Grading Information
Categories of Evaluation:
Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

Performance on Lesson Assignments = 33.3%
Mid-Course Test= 33.3%
Final Written Examination = 33.3%

Final Exam Reminder: Failure of the Final Examination will result in failure of the course.

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