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Chemistry For Environmental Professionals - Fundamentals

Category: Chemistry for Environmental Professionals

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Course Description:

This 2-day course provides participants with a review of fundamental chemical concepts which underlie an understanding of applied environmental chemistry concepts and practices. This course is designed for environmental professionals who are not chemists, but who require a basic knowledge of chemistry and particularly environmental chemistry in their work. Some prior knowledge of chemistry to the high school level or above is recommended, but not required.

Specific topics include: unit conversions; chemical bonding; chemical formulas; physical properties; structural formulas; an introduction to organic chemistry, including chemical nomenclature; the theory of operation of analytical methods; and environmental chemical reactions.

This course is immediately followed by the 1.5-day "Chemistry for Environmental Professionals - Applied" training course. Students are encouraged to request both courses when registering.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe common scientific measurements and perform unit conversions
  • Describe ionic and covalent chemical bonding
  • Use chemical formulas and the periodic table to calculate the mass of ingredients required to produce given amounts of chemical products
  • Identify physical and chemical properties that affect chemical fate and transport in soil, water, and air
  • Describe the structure of an organic chemical contaminant using common diagramming methods, such as the condensed structural formula and other methods
  • Identify and name simple organic chemicals using the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry nomenclature system
  • Describe the analytical methods and instruments used to identify chemicals in environmental media
  • Describe the environmental chemical reactions which cause acid rain

ABIH (American Board of Industrial Hygienists) has previously awarded CM (Certification Maintenance) credit for this event. The current event contains 14 hours which can be claimed from ABIH for credit.

Continuing Education Units: 1.4


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. A link to an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading has been provided in the Courses Materials section of this page.