Course syllabus

Environmental Chemistry

KOK032, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective Compulsory for: B2, K3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge in understanding, judging, and predicting the effects of chemicals on health and environment.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The chemical basis for how health-damaging and environmentally hazardous compounds are absorbed and metabolized by organisms and the mechanisms behind their effects are discussed thoroughly. Emphasis is put on relationships between structure, chemical properties, and biological effects. A course part dealing with external environment discusses aspects of eight environmental threats: gases affecting the climate, ozone depletion, soil and water acidification, photochemical oxidants/tropospheric ozone, overfertilization of soil and water, environmental influence of metals, toxic effects of organic compounds on the environment, disrupted environmental/ecological cycles, and hazardous by-products.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written assessment.

Code: 0105. Name: Report.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade the student must complete and pass a written assignment. Contents: Detailed account of a substance or process that affects humans and/or environment.
Code: 0205. Name: Examination.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: For a passing grade the student must pass a written final exam. Contents: Questions on the contents of the course.


Required prior knowledge: KOK012 Organic Chemistry or a corresponding course.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KOK060

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Ulf Nilsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Alternative literature in English is "Chemistry Health and the Environment" by Sterner, O., ISBN 3-527-30087-2. The book will be sold by course coordinator Ulf Nilsson.