Environmental Chemistry Major

Environmental Chemistry Major

Available at: Athens

Environmental chemistry is the scientific study of chemical phenomena in natural systems. Building on your passion for the environment, the UGA Environmental Chemistry (EChem) degree combines rigorous core training in quantitative chemistry with a natural science curriculum that includes broad flexibility for students to personalize the major at the upper division level. Throughout their program, students may create an environmental chemistry program focused on biogeochemistry, contaminant mitigation/remediation, or pursue a dual degree in Chemistry. In all cases, students will be exposed to hands-on laboratory and field training in analyzing and interpreting samples. Students gain interdisciplinary education and experiences to prepare them for a career in a constantly developing field. The environmental chemistry discipline encompasses soil chemistry, water chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and ecotoxicology and is essential to many other disciplines.

What does an Environmental Chemistry Major Study?


View the course plan below for a typical course sequence of an Environmental Chemistry major. You will determine the right courses to match your interests with assistance from your advisor.

See required Environmental Chemistry courses and available electives in the UGA Bulletin.


To prepare for courses to earn an Environmental Chemistry degree we recommend you:

  • Participate in school and community science clubs and fairs
  • Take a multitude of available math courses prior to attending UGA
  • Take a multitude of available science courses prior to attending UGA

What can an Environmental Chemistry student do outside of class?

Hands-On Learning

  • Labs in the classroom and field
  • Courses with leading experts in the industry
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Internship opportunities with private companies, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations
  • Study abroad opportunities

What jobs can I get with an Environmental Chemistry degree?

Career Potential

  • Biological Remediation Specialist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Field Chemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Research Technician

How do I pay for college?


Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) awards scholarships to students enrolled in our majors.

Go to CAES Scholarships.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid.

  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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