Spring 2019 - CHEM 317 LA01

Analytical Environmental Chemistry (2)

Class Number: 2790

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2019
    Sun, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 316 and 371, both with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 372.



Principles and applications of the methodologies of analytical chemistry employed in the determination of substances in air, water, and soil, with particular emphasis upon sampling and sample preparation. Quantitative.


4 lab hours/week

The course consists of an environmental/analytical project proposed and conducted entirely by each student in the course. The student will apply the sampling, sample preparation, instrumentation, and data analysis learned from previous courses in the process of completing their project. An important aspect of this project will be method development/modification at all stages of the project, with the possibility of warranting a return to any one or more of the previously accomplished stages of the project. This is the feed back mechanism that is typical of fine tuning a method or technique prior to making any concluding remarks. The function of the course instructor is to facilitate, and assist where necessary, the development of the student in attaining the goals set forth and defined by their proposed project. There are no lectures in this course, but there will be numerous informal discussions with the class in the laboratory concerning the goals and objectives of the course.


  • Project Description (Written & Oral) 20%
  • Development of the Work Plan (Written) 10%
  • Results - Reproducibility & Accuracy (Written) 30%
  • Final Report (Written & Oral) 40%


Students will be graded on their performance, as documented in their laboratory notebook and demonstrated in their oral presentations to the class. There will be two oral presentations per student. Each student will prepare a short oral presentation describing their project at the beginning of the semester, followed by a final presentation of their project.

Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory for all Chemistry labs.



  • Hardcover laboratory notebook
  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles


Daniel C. Harris. Quantitative Chemical Analysis. 9th Edition. 2015. Publisher: W. H. Freeman & Company.

Skoog, West Holler & Crouch. Principles of Instrumental Analysis. 8th Edition. 2014. Publisher: Brooks/Cole.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:

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