KJ2072 - Environmental Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course provides a broad overview of the chemical composition and chemical processes in the natural environment: air, water and soil, and how this is affected by human activity. Covered topics: The natural environment in a sustainability context; chemistry and the anthroposphere; basic water chemistry; redox processes in water chemistry; phase interactions in water chemistry; microbial biochemistry in water; water pollution; water treatment; the atmosphere and atmospheric chemistry; particles in the atmosphere; gaseous inorganic air pollutants; organic air pollutants; photochemical smog; the endangered global atmosphere; geosphere and geochemistry; soil chemistry.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student can:

  • Describe fundamental features of the chemical composition of nature
  • Explain important chemical processes in air, water and soil
  • Describe natural geochemical and biogeochemical cycles
  • Explain the effects of human activity on the natural environment from a chemical point of view, especially in connection with polluting processes
  • Explain the dispersion of pollutants and their turnover in the natural environment
  • Understand chemical processes in the natural environment and be able to use this knowledge to contribute to sustainable solutions within e.g. industry, research and environmental management

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (4 hours per week) and exercises (2 hours per week). A one-day excursion may be carried out, probably in the beginning of the semester.

Expected work load in the course is 200-225 hours.

Further on evaluation

For exam during a term without lectures in this course, written examination may be changed to oral examination.

Course materials


- Textbook: Stanley E. Manahan: Environmental Chemistry, 10. edn. Boca Raton, Fl: CRC Press, 2017. Chapter 1-15.

- Powerpoint presentations of the lectures (posted as pdf files on Blackboard).

In addition to the syllabus, recommended additional literature may be posted on Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KJ2070 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
KJ2071 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
MNKKJ270 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
BI2061 4.0 AUTUMN 2012
AK2002 4.0 AUTUMN 2012
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 5
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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