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Chem 202, Environmental Chemistry 2

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

Instructor Information:

Kerri Scott

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

Chemistry 202 is the second half of a two-part study of Environmental Chemistry. This course is designed primarily for the non-science major who needs to fulfill the science requirements of his/her degree program and for the intellectually curious person who wishes to gain a general knowledge of chemistry, the most relevant of all the sciences.

Chemistry 202 has no prerequisite; however, throughout the course many references are made to Chemistry 201. Environmental Chemistry may not be counted toward a major or minor in Chemistry by University of Mississippi students.

The course is made up of 20 lessons, the titles of which are listed below. The student is expected to complete each lesson in the proper order before proceeding to the next lesson. Most lessons consist of the instructor’s notes, a reading assignment from the textbook, and a writing assignment that must be completed and submitted to the instructor for grading through the drop-box in the lesson.

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

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Course Objectives:

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

  • To motivate 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

Human Population Growth

Writing Assignment

Lesson Two

Agricultural Chemicals: Fertilizers

Writing Assignment

Lesson Three

Agricultural Chemicals: Pesticides and DDT

Writing Assignment

Lesson Four

Agricultural Chemicals: Other Chlorinated Pesticides

Writing Assignment

Lesson Five

Agricultural Chemicals: Organophosphorus and Carbamate Pesticides

Writing Assignment

Lesson Six

Agricultural Chemicals: Herbicides and Fungicides

Writing Assignment

Lesson Seven

Agricultural Chemicals: Natural Pesticides and Insect Sterilization

Writing Assignment

Lesson Eight

Agricultural Chemicals: Pheromones and Insect Hormones

Writing Assignment

Lesson Nine

Energy Production: Current Sources

Writing Assignment

Lesson Ten

Energy Production: Future Sources

Writing Assignment

Mid Course Exam

Covers lessons 1 through 10

To be scheduled, proctored, and completed before proceeding

Lesson Eleven

Air Pollution: Oxides of Carbon and Industrial Smog

Writing Assignment

Lesson Twelve

Air Pollution: Oxides of Sulfur and Industrial Smog

Writing Assignment

Lesson Thirteen

Air Pollution: Particulates and Industrial Smog

Writing Assignment

Lesson Fourteen

Air Pollution: Hydrocarbons and Ozone and Photochemical Smog

Writing Assignment

Lesson Fifteen

Air Pollution: Oxides of Nitrogen and Photochemical Smog

Writing Assignment

Lesson Sixteen

Air Pollution: Automobile Engines

Writing Assignment

Lesson Seventeen


Writing Assignment

Lesson Eighteen

Aerosol Propellant Sprays, Part I

Writing Assignment

Lesson Nineteen

Aerosol Propellant Sprays, Part II

Writing Assignment

Lesson Twenty

Miscellaneous Consumer Chemicals

Writing Assignment

Final Exam

Covers lessons 11 thorough 20

To be scheduled, proctored, and completed to finalize credit


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

Grading Information
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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