Postgraduate course

Environmental Chemistry

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeKJEM202
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course includes the following main subjects:

(i)Energy production ; (ii)Chemical reactions in the atmosphere;

(iii) Water chemistry and water pollution; (iv) Chemistry in the biosphere; (v) Impact of toxic compounds in the environment- natural and man-made (industry, agriculture, transport, energy production etc.)Specific subjects: utilisation of fossil fuel; gas fired and nuclear power plants; oil chemicals; green house gases; ozon chemistry; acid rain; pesticides; general industrial pollution(PCB, PAH, CFC, dioxin)

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM202 the student will be able to:

  • describe important chemical reactions in the atmosphere, including important chemical reactions in connection with smog formation, ozone chemistry and acid rain chemistry.
  • outline the molecular basis for the greenhouse effect.
  • have knowledge of water chemistry and water pollution.
  • have knowledge of the problems in connection with the use of fossil fuels.
  • be familiar with alternative energy sources.
  • know the major pesticides.
  • identify toxic pollutant such as PCBs, PAHs, CFCs, PCDDs and PCDFs.
  • provide an overview of compounds with hormone disruptive effect

Required Previous Knowledge

KJEM100, KJEM110 or equivalent (basic principles of general chemistry).

Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM100, KJEM110, KJEM120, KJEM130. (basic principles of general, inorganic and organic chemistry).

Forms of Assessment

The final grade is based upon a final written exam (4h) (100%).
Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations. Molecular building set.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

K202: 10stp

Exam information