Environmental Chemistry

Undergraduate Major


Students graduating with a bachelor of science in Environmental Chemistry will have all the training of a Chemistry degree plus a focus on the environment.

The BS in Environmental Chemistry is designed to provide students with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, including state-mandated prerequisites and core courses found in a General Chemistry degree. While the emphasis is on a chemistry foundation, additional core and elective courses focus on environmental science and applying practical scientific knowledge to meet employer needs.  Because of the strong STEM foundation in the curriculum, students will also be prepared for a wide range of graduate programs, such as Sustainability and Environmental Science. 

The program’s emphasis on applied chemistry with a focus on environmental science and optional electives are high on the list of skills employers seek.


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry only on the St. Petersburg campus. 


researcher working in a lab

The Environmental Chemistry major aligns with the distinct identity of the St. Petersburg campus as a destination for students and faculty interested in studying the environment, oceans, and sustainability. The campus offers students all the courses they need to pursue the Environmental Chemistry degree. 

The St. Petersburg campus is located on Tampa Bay and close to the Gulf of Mexico. The area provides myriad research opportunities and a chance to join a community of scholars with similar interests and expertise. Additionally, the region needs chemists who can focus on environmental issues.

The degree consists of 120 hours and offers students a wide range of employment opportunities, such as careers as clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, chemists, environmental scientists and specialists, and environmental science and protection technicians.


Always refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for degree requirements. Students will typically begin progress toward the major by taking at least one course from the major core, as these often serve as prerequisites for the electives. Students are urged to consult with their advisors to create the most beneficial set of courses.


For questions about this program, contact an Academic Advisor.