Spring 2020 - CHEM 372 D100

Chemistry of the Atmospheric Environment (3)

Class Number: 1968

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 5048, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • 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.


3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week

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%



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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