Course syllabus

Environmental Chemistry

KASF01, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2018-03-21

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 - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written assessment and a written report.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Examination.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: For a passing grade the student must pass a written final exam.
Code: 0217. Name: Report.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For a passing grade the student must complete and pass a written assignment.


Required prior knowledge: KOKA25 Organic Chemistry
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KOK060, KOK032

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., 2nd edition, Wiley-Blackwell (2010). ISBN 978-3-527- 32582-5.