Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemists focus on the determination, analysis, effects and remediation of inorganic and organic contaminants (i.e. heavy metals, PCBs, etc.) in ground, water, and the atmosphere. Students will acquire an extensive understanding of the environment with a combination of chemistry, physics, geology, biology, and environmental management courses. This comprehensive curriculum prepares students for a career with environmental laboratories doing analysis, data collection and interpretation.

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry with a concentration in Environmental Chemistry

The Chemistry major with a concentration in Environmental Chemistry consists of 95-96 s.h. distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major in Chemistry

Required Chemistry Courses

  • CHE 4300 Environmental Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4500 Biochemistry (4 s.h.)

Chemistry Elective

Select 4 s.h from the following:

  • CHE 3100 Inorganic Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4100 Forensic Chemistry (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4210 Thermodynamics and Kinetics (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4220 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (4 s.h.)
  • CHE 4600 Advanced Biochemistry (4 s.h.)

Required Biology Courses

  • BIO 1530 Fundamentals of Biology I: Intro to Cellular Biology (4 s.h.)
  • BIO 1560 Fundamentals of Biology II: Diversity of Life (4 s.h.)

Required Geology Courses

  • GLY 1600 Physical Geology (4 s.h.)
  • GLY 2000 Physical Oceanography and Meteorology (4 s.h.)

Required Environmental & Occupational Management Courses

  • ENM 1010 Environmental Science (3 s.h.)
  • ENM 3010 Pollution Science, Treatment & Sampling Techniques (3 s.h.) or ENM 2100 Introduction to Natural Resource Management (3 s.h.)
  • ENM 2500 Environmental Regulations I (3 s.h.) or ENM 3510 Waste Operational Management (3 s.h.)

Contact the Chemistry Program

Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek

Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry
(910) 630-7457
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Dr. Stephanie Hooper Marosek
Stephanie Hooper Marosek, PhD

Head, Division of Natural Sciences; Wyatt Professor of the Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S., University of South Carolina; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Doctoral Thesis:

Development of an Ionically-Assembled On-Column Enzyme Reactor for Capillary Electrophoresis

Professional Societies:

American Chemical Society

Research Interests:

Dr. Hooper Marosek has several research interests. She is involved in forensic research with our Applied Forensic Science department. She utilizes chemical instrumentation to analyze gunshot residue (GSR) on T-shirt samples, the age of dried bloodstains, and hemoglobin and certain proteins in human bones. Some of Dr. Hooper’s work has been published in the Journal of Forensic Research.

Dr. Hooper Marosek is also involved in research that is applicable to the fields of athletic training and exercise science. She has analyzed the content of several sports drinks and various products utilized by athletes to alleviate muscle cramps during practice, sport, or competition. These findings are under review for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

In addition to her laboratory research, Dr. Hooper has served as a forensic consultant. She has worked with legal teams in Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York. She has published several chapters in a collaborative book with other forensic experts to educate law enforcement officials and attorneys about the science of drug and alcohol testing.

Personal Interests:

Her personal interests include clog dancing (recreational and competitive), music (clarinet, piano), art, sports, forensics, being a mom, Gamecock sports, chemistry, puzzles (crosswords, soduku). She is married and has daughter, a dog, and a cat.


(910) 630-7457
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