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Study programme "Environmental Chemistry"

The courses within "Environmental Chemistry" study program of undergraduate academic studies which characterize its structure and content are divided into several groups. The first group includes the courses which broaden students’ fundamental knowledge of the most important natural sciences (primarily physics, physical chemistry and even ecology) and mathematics. The second group includes fundamental chemistry courses such as general, inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry of natural products and applied (industrial) chemistry. Bearing in mind the goals of this study program, special attention is given to analytical chemistry, i.e. to instrumental analysis courses. With the theoretical foundation provided by these two groups of courses, students take courses which are closely related to environmental chemistry and which primarily focus on the nature and the fate of pollutants in soil, surface waters, groundwaters and wastewaters, atmosphere and food and the pollutants from some industrial processes and plants. From the methodological point of view, these courses comprise the third group of courses within which students also learn about the ways in which the problem of pollution, i.e. of pollutants, can be solved. The English language would form a separate group of courses in the groups of courses listed here.

The planned methods of teaching and instruction are lectures, laboratory (experimental) classes (laboratory work) and practical classes. Bearing in mind all special characteristics of this study program, intensive individual work is planned within laboratory work. This includes the use of the latest analytical instruments and equipment which can be used to detect the presence and distribution of both inorganic and organic pollutants in various substrates, i.e. segments of the environment. In the last several years the Faculty of Chemistry in Belgrade has been equipped with a significant number of modern instruments used in inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry. Students of this study program will have an opportunity to use them in their training. Furthermore, a special attention will be given to sampling within the laboratory classes. This includes frequent fieldwork with the aim of training students on how to take samples of soil, sediments, surface waters, groundwaters and wastewaters, food and air.

The teaching staff of the Faculty of Chemistry, who have high level of pedagogic skills and outstanding scientific achievements, work directly with the students, constantly revise the material covered by their courses and check the students’ progress and knowledge, which leads to the creation of a high-grade educational process with a high number of students who have successfully completed the courses.

Entrance requirements

Completed four-year secondary education and successfully passed entrance exam.

Study programme goals

The final goal of the study program "Environmental Chemistry" within the undergraduate academic studies is educating experts who will be able to fully understand the nature of the environment and the nature of the numerous problems man has caused in it. In this way, such an expert will be able to tell the difference between native and anthropogenic forms in the environment, which is a prerequisite for nature conservation and for preventing the ongoing processes of disturbing the ecochemical equilibria on earth. The general estimate at this moment is that Serbia is deficient in this kind of experts. Therefore, it is in the state’s best interest to educate people who will be able to contribute to finding solutions to a large number of problems.

In order to become a chemist, i.e. an expert in the field of environmental chemistry, one has to acquire the basic knowledge within the general courses in natural sciences and mathematics. In the second phase, one has to study the most important areas of chemistry. Therefore, the student studies general and inorganic chemistry, then organic and analytical chemistry and finally biochemistry and chemistry of natural products. By doing so, he meets the conditions to learn the basics of applied chemistry and later to study the problem of pollutants and the pollution of various segments in the environment. The student has to be trained to identify sources of pollution, to understand the chemical nature of the pollution process and pollutants, transformation pathways and the pathways of pollutant migration and most importantly, to be able to propose methods for removing pollutants from the environment. For that reason, the curriculum of this study program includes courses which focus on the study of substrates, i.e. native ecochemical systems on the one hand, and the study of potentially polluting substances on the other hand. However, we must bear in mind that theoretically, a chemist cannot completely solve a problem on his own. He can define the essence of the problem on a molecular level. Therefore, the problem-solving team also includes a biologist, a technologist and a mechanical engineer and they are altogether "under the scrutiny" of legal and medical experts.

Study outcome

Having finished studies on the study programme Environmental Chemistry the candidate acquires title "BSc in Chemistry".

By completing the study program "Environmental Chemistry" within the undergraduate academic studies, a student acquires knowledge which enables him to understand the environment and the problems which might occur or which have already occurred in it on a chemical, i.e. molecular, level. Therefore, the role of a chemist in the multidisciplinary area of environmental science is actually fundamental. A biologist also has a fundamental role (since he can study a problem at the cell level) and all other important disciplines and segments of this area constitute an addition to this biological-chemical foundation. In this case, the term "biological-chemical" should be distinguished from the term "biochemical". Within the chemical part of such a foundation, a student who has completed his studies is responsible for defining a chemical source of pollution, the nature of pollutants, its transformations, migrations and for proposing a plan for its removal. This approach might be considered to be outdated since current views on a chemist’s role in preventing the disturbance of the environment on a micro and macro level actually include proposing technological processes with products and by-products which are not harmful to the environment. The number of the advocates of “green chemistry” is increasing these days.

A student is taught and trained to perform control of chemicals and pollutants in the environment. He acquires basic knowledge of the methodology of analytical approaches in sample preparation and data processing. Apart from that, through practical work he becomes familiar with the latest analytical methods for determining pollutants. The final outcome is students’ ability to control pollutants. The student is trained to participate in teams which deal with preventing pollution in industrial processes. The final outcome is students’ competence to do the chemical part in solving the problem of pollution prevention.

Access to further studies

Diploma holders are entitled to apply for master academic studies (which have the workload of 60 ECTS).

Professional qualifications

Students who have successfully completed the study program "Environmental Chemistry":

Curriculum

Weekly number of classes for each course is shown as: lectures + practical classes + laboratory classes or as: (active teaching + independent work).

Course Code ECTS Semester
Year I 1 2
Mathematics 001A1 9 4+4+0  
Physics 011A1 9 4+2+3  
General Chemistry 101A1 8 5+2+0  
Laboratory Work in General Chemistry 101E1 4 0+0+4  
English Language 031A1 3   3+0+0
Ecology 051S1 4   3+0+0
Inorganic Chemistry 102S1 6   5+1+0
Inorganic Chemistry Labwork 102T1 4   0+0+4
Analytical Chemistry 1 301A1 4   2+1+0
Laboratory Work in Analytical Chemistry 1 301E1 5   0+0+6
Elective Course 1 E11S1 4  
  60  
Year II 1 2
Physical Chemistry 1 021A1 7 4+0+3  
Meteorology 052S1 2 2+0+0  
Analytical Chemistry 2 302A1 10 2+1+6  
Organic Chemistry 200A1 12 4+1+0
Laboratory Work in Organic Chemistry 200E1 8 0+0+4
Physical Chemistry 2 022A1 7   3+0+3
Instrumental Analytical Chemistry 303A1 8   3+0+5
Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollutants 511S1 6   3+0+3
  60  
Year III 1 2
Advanced Organic Chemistry 203S1 4 3+0+0  
Structural Instrumental Methods 221A1 9 4+5+0  
Chemistry of Natural Products 411A1 7 3+0+3  
Geochemistry and Soil Pollutants 512S1 8 3+0+4  
Biochemistry 409A1 7   3+0+3
Industrial Chemistry - Best Available Techniques 501S1 8   5+0+3
Chemodynamics of Pollutants 515S1 7   3+0+4
Elective Course 2 E12S1 10  
  60  
Year IV 1 2
Environmental Biotechnology 415B1 7 3+0+4  
Chemistry of Water and Waste Waters 513S1 10 4+0+6  
Food Contaminants 514S1 9 4+0+5  
Elective Course 3 E13S1 4  
Elective Course 4 E14S1 10  
Elective Course 5 E15A1 10  
Bachelor Thesis Z10S1 10   (0+10)
  60  
Elective Course 1
Elective Course 2
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 4
Elective Course 5

The courses which are compulsory within other study programs of the same level of study can also be elective courses for the students of this study program.

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