Fall 2021 - CHEM 371 D100

Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment (3)

Class Number: 2459

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 281 and CHEM 215 (or CHEM 210 and CHEM 216), both with a minimum grade of C-.



Chemical processes in the aqueous environment. Quantitative treatment of the variables determining the composition of natural systems. Chemistry of aqueous toxic species, water purification, wastewater treatment, current topics, and related matters. Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Instruction:
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: In-Person, Burnaby Campus
Tutorial: In-Person, Burnaby Campus

This course will explore the chemistry of aqueous systems in the environment through the use of basic chemical principles. It will also provide a quantitative and qualitative treatment of the variables determining the chemical speciation of natural systems, and will introduce chemical processes in the aqueous environment. Topics will also include aqueous toxic species, water purification, wastewater treatment, and current topics in aqueous chemistry.   

Learning Outcomes:

  • Determining chemical speciation in the aqueous environment as it pertains to dissolved gases, small molecules, colloidal materials, etc.
  • Understanding the thermodynamics and kinetics of aquatic chemistry
  • Derivation of acid-base chemistries for aquatic environments
  • Implementation of redox chemistry to understanding aquatic systems
  • Assessing the impact of toxic substances on the environment through speciation and lifetimes of pollutants
  • Understanding chemical and physical processes used for water purification as it relates to waste water treatment and desalination 


  • Weekly Quizzes 40%
  • Term Paper 20%
  • Term Presentation 10%
  • Final Exam 30%



Stumm & Morgan. Aquatic Chemistry: Chemical Equilibria and Rates in Natural Waters. 3rd Ed. 1995. Publisher: Wiley.

Electronic version is available from the Bennet Library.
ISBN: 9781118838976


Howard. Aquatic Environmental Chemistry. 1998. Publisher: Oxford Chemistry Primers. (Supplementary text book)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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