Spring 2021 - CHEM 372 D100

Chemistry of the Atmospheric Environment (3)

Class Number: 7152

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 281 and CHEM 360, both with a minimum grade of C-.



Quantitative treatment of chemical and physical processes in the atmospheric environment. Chemistry of the troposphere including air pollution and climate change. Chemistry of the stratosphere including ozone depletion. Environmental radioactivity. Current topics. Quantitative.


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

Mode of Teaching:
3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week
Lecture: Blended - Synchronous & Asynchronous
Tutorial: Synchronous

A note regarding tutorials: a tutorial time slot is included for Q&A, problem set discussion, extended discussion of topics, and lecture reserve days

Lecture Topics:
• Atmospheric chemical composition: natural and man made sources. Properties of atmospheric constituents.
• Profile of the atmosphere: regions and main differences resulting from composition, temperature, pressure and radiation.
• Review of the relevant principles of photochemistry and chemical kinetics.
• Chemistry of the troposphere. Pollution, smog, acid rain.
• Atmospheric processes with respect to climate.
• Chemistry of the stratosphere.
• Current topics relating to the atmosphere.

Class presentations on assigned topics.


  • Assignments 15%
  • Midterm Exams 35%
  • Term Papers & Oral Presentations 25%
  • Final Exam 25%


Online Exam Invigilation: Students completing exams remotely must comply with the online invigilation procedures implemented by the course instructor.



Technology Requirements: Students are required to have a desktop or laptop computer, high-speed internet access, and a webcam and microphone (built-in or external) to participate in online courses.


A textbook is strongly recommended. There are two options for this, either purchase a textbook (select any from the following list) OR sign out a textbook from the library. Library reserves and journal articles will be available.


Suggested textbooks available in the library for loan:

S. E. Manahan, Environmental Chemistry, any edition, TD193M36.
G. W. vanLoon & S. J. Duffy, Environmental Chemistry, A Global Perspective, any edition, TD193V36.
N. Bunce, Environmental Chemistry, any edition, TD193B86.
C. Baird, Environmental Chemistry, any edition.
T. G. Spiro & W. M. Stigliani, Chemistry of the Environment, any edition.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).