Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology, and Risk Assessment

Protect what matters

In the Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology & Risk Assessment concentration, you will examine the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment, including the health hazards and social impacts associated with chemical pollution. You’ll study the chemical, physical, and biological reactions of pollutants in the soil, water, and atmospheric systems. You’ll also explore technologies used to manage and remediate contaminated sites, the toxicological effects of chemical exposure, and methods to assess and mitigate the risks associated with chemical use.

SPEA is widely recognized as a global leader in environmental chemistry, toxicology, and assessment education, research and public service. As a graduate in this concentration, you’ll be well prepared for a number of roles—from environmental consultant and scientist to data or project manager. You’ll be poised for professional success in virtually any setting—whether in the United States or around the world, in the private or public sector, and at any level of government.

A broad base, plus depth and detail

You’ll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the MSES program’s core competencies—15 credit hours encompassing the rigor and breadth that employers seek. The concentration also features 18 credit hours of specialized advanced courses.

Personalize your program

The remainder of the course work comes in 12 credit hours of electives, which will let you tailor your studies to your own specific interests. A few of the elective options are listed below:

  • Fundamentals of Air Pollution (E 515)
  • Environmental Toxicology (E 520)
  • Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
  • Hazardous Materials (E 542)
  • Subsurface Biology and Bioremediation (E 544)
  • Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 554)
  • PCB's, Dioxins and Flame Retardants (E 555)
  • Toxicology in the 21st Century (E 555)
  • Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (E 562)
  • Organic Pollutants: Environmental Chemistry and Fate (E 564)

After consulting with a faculty advisor, you also may enroll in elective courses offered by other IU departments, including geology and geography.

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