This course is intended to create an understanding of the chemical processes that occur in ecosystems. This knowledge is critical for understanding how pollution destabilizes ecosystems and ultimately affects human health. It should be taken after the courses: General and Organic Chemistry, as well as Laboratory Methods and Techniques for Environmental Health.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course the learners will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between the chemistry of an uncontaminated environment from that of a contaminated environment;
  2. Explain the chemical and biochemical processes that take place in air, water, soil and living organisms;
  3. Describe how pollution affects tropospheric composition leading to environmental degradation;
  4. Explain how atmospheric pollution can affect stratospheric chemistry;
  5. Relate the impact of pollution in ecosystems on human health as well as the health of other living organisms.


Continuous Assessment Tests 20%, Laboratory practicals 20%, Assignment 10%, Final exam 60%.

 Required textbook:

Pani, B (2007).  Textbook of Environmental Chemistry (1st ed). New Delhi: I.K. International Publishing House, PVT. Ltd. ISBN 9788189866365

Text Books/References

1.      Girard, J. (2013) Principles of Environmental Chemistry. (3rd ed). Jones & Barlett Learning. ISBN 9781449650155

2.      Ibanez, J.G., Hernandez-Esparza, M., Doria-Serrano, C., Fregoso-Infante, A., & Singh, M.M. (2007). Environmental Chemistry: Fundamentals.  ISBN: 978-1-4419-2079-9.  

3.      Hill, Marquita K (2010). Understanding Environmental Pollution. (3rd Ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN -13: 9780521736695.