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KBT020 - Chemical environmental science
Kemisk miljövetenskap
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-06 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIKEL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 64134
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: B
Maximum participants: 35
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0105 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   11 Jan 2021 am J   08 Apr 2021 am J,  20 Aug 2021 pm J

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Gregory Peters

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Environment 7,5 hec


General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

LKT032 General and inorganic chemistry and LKT053 Physical chemistry


The course is intended to provide an overview of environmental matters based on chemical and ecological foundations. The course focuses in particular on natural ecological cycles, chemical risks and practical tools for industrial environmental management.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  1. describe different attempts to implement the concept of sustainable development
  2. describe the trends and the mechanisms behind regional and global environmental problems
  3. describe different forms of human impact on ecological processes
  4. describe the effect of chemicals on human health
  5. describe the risk assessment process, fate and transport models for emissions and perform simple risk assessments
  6. describe environmental assessment processes, and perform the four steps of a life cycle assessment
  7. describe how various approaches including environmental management systems are used in sustainability work at the company, national and EU levels
  8. discuss and apply different principles for ethical decision-making and discuss the engineers role in relation to sustainable development


Ecology and biogeochemical cycles, global environmental problems, eutrophication, simplified models of the transport and fate of chemicals, toxicology, chemical health hazards, qualitative and quantitative risk assessment techniques, environmental quality standards, life cycle assessment, environmental management systems, environmental strategy, REACH, ethical decisionmaking, the role of engineers.

There are also optional projects on risk assessment and on LCA involving literature analysis and class presentation.

Additionally, participants in the LCA project may participate in a seminar discussion to deepen their understanding of LCA.


The course consists of lectures and tutorials based on key aspects. Student projects include written and oral presentation. The seminar is an additional chance to practice public speaking.


Peters & Svanström (2019) Environmental Sustainability for Engineers and Applied Scientists. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316617731
The textbook, lecture and tutorial materials define the course content. See the course outline for details.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written exam. Marking scale: 3, 4 and 5.

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