CHEM 4110 - Environmental Chemistry 
Course Syllabus - Spring 2014

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Course Description:

    Number and Title:

CHEM 4110 (CRN 21647)
Environmental Chemistry

    Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

    Catalog Description:

A study of the chemistry of our environment. Topics typically include air and water pollution, pharmaceuticals, plastics, bioenergetics, thermodynamics of life, and nuclear power.

    Course Prerequisite:

CHEM 2412 

Notebook Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes:

A student will be able to:

Student Learning Outcomes:

        General education outcomes:

Instructor Information:

Dr. Susan F. Hornbuckle
Phone: (678) 466-4780

Office hours: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM M, W NBS-164
  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM T NBS-164
  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Th NBS-164
  other times by appointment*    

*You may email or talk to me in person to make an appointment during these times.

Class Meetings:

Days Times Room
M,W 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM  B12

Textbook Information:


Elements of Environmental Chemistry by Hites and Raff 2nd Ed., Wiley

Text Coverage:

Chapters 1-8


Your evaluation in CHEM 4110 will be based upon the following components:  

component points
Exams (4) @ 100 points each


Class participation points
Facebook page link






The grade you receive in Chemistry 4110 will be based upon the following distribution:

letter grade percentage range

90% or greater


80% - 89%


70% - 79%


60% - 69%


< 60%


Mid-term Progress Report

The mid-term grade in this course which will be issued on March 5th, reflects approximately 20% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on March 7th.

Tentative Course Schedule*:


Case Study and Assessment Schedule Topics Recommended Chapter Problems 


Introduction/Chapter 1 Simple Tool Skills 1, 2, 4, 6-9, 11,17 


Chapter 2 Mass Balance and Kinetics 3-18 


Chapter 2    


Exam 1**
Chapter 3

Atmospheric Chemistry



Chapter 3    


Chapter 4 Climate Change 1-18 


Chapter 4
Exam 2**


Chapter 5 Carbon Dioxide Equilibria 1-19 


Spring Break    


Chapter 6 Pesticides, Mercury, and Lead 1-16 


Chapter 6    


Exam 3**
Chapter 7

Fates of Organic Compounds



Chapter 7    


Chapter 8 PCBs, Dioxins and Flame Retardants TBA 


Exam 4**
Class Presentations


Class Presentations    


Class Presentations    

 *The instructor reserves the right to alter the course schedule at any time during the semester.

**Assessments will be announced in class as least one week before each assessment.

Important Dates  
MLK Holiday January 20th
Last day to withdraw with academic penalty March 7th
Spring Break March 8th - 16th
Last day of class May 5th

Course Policies:

Instructional Approaches:

Both lecture and active learning techniques will be used to cover the content of this course.  Students may be placed on teams and will be asked to complete projects and make presentations. 


Each student will present one American Chemical Society full journal article that involves research or reports on an environmental disaster in the past 50 years.  Presentations will be made in the last few weeks of the semester.  However, you should choose your article early in the semester.  No two people may present the same article.


This course demands and expects approximately two hours of work per night. Reading assignments and recommended textbook problems are tentatively made on this syllabus. The student is expected to complete assigned chapter problems upon completion of each topic in class. Students will use the CHEM4110 blog to post homework answers.


You are expected to attend all classes. A roll sheet will be passed around during each class period.  It is your responsibility to make sure that you sign the roll each time.  Students who miss 10 classes for any reason will receive a grade of "F" for this course.   You will be held responsible for all announcements and material covered in lecture in addition to text, references, hand-outs and study guides. 

Academic Irregularity:

Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Consequences may include a zero grade on the assessment instrument, or possible action by the College Judicial Board of Review.

Disruption of the Learning Environment:

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF. A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at:


There will be four (4) exams. The assessments will be announced approximately one week in advance whenever possible and attendance is mandatory.  If a student has an excused absence on an exam day, make-up exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor.

Grades will not be communicated via email or telephone.  Exams will be handed back in the next lecture period after an exam.  If absent, a student must come by during office hours to retrieve their exam. 

Other Class Policies:

"Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities."

Last update: January 10, 2010