Chemistry (CHEM) 330

Environmental Chemistry (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: CHEM 217 and CHEM 218 or equivalent first-year chemistry courses at the university level.

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

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CHEM 330 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Issues concerning our health and environment have become increasingly important in recent years. Ozone depletion, the "green house effect," heavy metal poisoning and acid rain are only a few controversial issues that have come to the public's attention through the media. Often, in discussions of these phenomena, "facts" are (intentionally or unintentionally) misrepresented, exaggerated or taken out of context. It becomes difficult to weigh the importance of much of this information when one is constantly bombarded by media sensationalism.

It has become increasingly important for young scientists not only to be aware of environmental and health issues, but also to be well informed about them. Chemistry 330: Environmental Chemistry will provide abroad overview of many important environmental issues. It will also give students the most reliable and recent scientific information available, so that they may draw independent and informed conclusions about these issues.


To receive credit for CHEM 330, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent), an average of 60 percent on the tutor-marked assignments, a grade of at least 45 percent on each of the two examinations. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Midterm Exam Final Exam Tutor-marked Assignments Total
20% 40% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Baird, C, & Cann, M. (2008). Environmental chemistry (4th ed.). New York: W. H. Freeman.

Baird, C, & Cann, M. (2008). Solutions manual to accompany Baird/Cann's Environmental chemistry, fourth edition. New York: W. H. Freeman.

Other Materials

Online course materials include a study guide, student manual, and assignment manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the CHEM 330 challenge registration, you must achieve an overall grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Midterm Exam (2 hours) Final Exam (3 hours) Total
40% 60% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, March 3, 2011.

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