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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 230L
Course Title: *Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement CHEM/ENVS 230 to include the collection and analysis of environmental samples including air, soil and water samples. $40 laboratory supply fee. Offered even Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: C or better in CHEM 112L

Corequisite: CHEM/ENVS 230

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Laboratory Experiments in Environmental Chemistry
By Boehnke & Delumyea (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives

  • To explore the analysis of environmental samples
  • To prepare real-world samples for chemical analysis
  • To analyze environmental samples using electrochemical, spectroscopic and chemical methods.
  • To demonstrate the effect of changes in equilibrium on the properties of pH and solubility.

    Measurable Learning

  • Prepare environmental samples for chemical analysis.
  • Conduct photometric measurements.
  • Determine the concentration of key environmental components.
  • Demonstrate the use of molecular and atomic spectroscopy.
  • Develop scientific writing skills.

    Topical Outline:

  • Quantitive methods for environmental analysis
  • Inorganic properties of natural waters
  • Buffering properties of natural waters
  • Quantification of organic pollutants in water samples
  •  Removal of heavy metals from natural waters
  • Collection and analysis of soil samples
  • Analysis of atmospheric particluates


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: April 7, 2015
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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