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BSc in Environmental Chemistry (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Environmental Chemistry

Course Description

Environmental Chemistry is one of the public faces of chemistry with decisions based on research having enormous consequences for all of us. You may think that Environmental Chemistry is mostly about pollution, but really it is a subject for people who want to understand how the world works.

Environmental Chemistry is concerned with the behaviour of chemicals (natural or man-made) in air, water, soils and sediments. It is an interdisciplinary field at the cross roads of important scientific subjects centred around advanced analytical chemistry. It requires knowledge of fundamental principles of many subject areas, including organic chemistry, soil science, biochemistry, toxicology and ecology.

You will learn about the chemistry of organic and inorganic compounds, whether they are produced on purpose or generated as by-products of industrial processes, and about their reactivity and their interactions with living systems.

Environmental Chemistry is one of the public faces of chemistry with decisions based on research having enormous consequences for all of us. You may think that Environmental Chemistry is mostly about pollution, but really it is a subject for people who want to understand how the world works. Environmental Chemistry is concerned with the behaviour of chemicals (natural or man-made) in...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (CM1021) - 15 Credit Points

Elements of Chemistry 1 (CM1022) - 15 Credit Points

Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2 (CM1513) - 15 Credit Points

Elements of Chemistry 2 (CM1522) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Ecology (BI2020) - 15 Credit Points

Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics (CM2015) - 15 Credit Points

Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy (CM2016) - 15 Credit Points

Organic and Biological Chemistry (CM2514) - 15 Credit Points

Shapes, Properties and Reactions of Molecules (CM2516)

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

General Chemistry (CM3032) - 5 Credit Points

Solid State Chemistry (CM3036) - 15 Credit Points

Environmental Chemistry (CM3038) - 15 Credit Points

Global Soil Geography (EV3001) - 15 Credit Points

Organic and Biological Chemistry (CM3534) - 30 Credit Points

Molecular Structure and Reactivity (CM3536) - 30 Credit Points

Professional Skills for Physics and Chemistry (CM30PS) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Honours Chemistry Research Project (CM4028) - 45 Credit Points

Remediation Technology (EV4501) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from courses of choice at Level 3 or Level 4.

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (CM1021) - 15 Credit Points Elements of Chemistry 1 (CM1022) - 15 Credit Points Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511) - 15 Credit Points Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2 (CM1513) - 15 Credit...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in Chemistry and one other Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in Chemistry and one other Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in Chemistry and one other Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in Chemistry and one other Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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