Last Updated on August 28, 2023
What is Environmental Chemistry?
Environmental Chemistry is a Physical Science. It is the study of chemical processes occurring in the environment which are impacted by anthropogenic activities. It seeks to understand the impacts through the application of chemical and physical parameters of elements and molecules to systems large and small. These impacts may be felt on a local scale, through the presence of urban air pollutants or toxic substances arising from a chemical waste site, or on a global scale, through depletion.
What makes Environmental Chemistry at UTSC unique?
- Graduates of Specialist programs are eligible to receive their Environmental Professional in Training (EPt) designation, which is a developmental certification for emerging environmental professionals: www.eco.ca/accreditation.
- The Environmental Chemistry Specialist is Nationally accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC): www.cheminst.ca.
Skills of Environmental Chemistry Grads
- Application of modern analytical instrumentation including spectroscopy, (NMR, Mass, Light), Microscopy
- Design and application of experiments
- Analysis of contaminants and pollutants
- Investigate aspects of chemicals and processes as they occur in the environment
- Assess environmental risk from pollutants and other disturbances
- Qualitative and quantitative approaches for environmental impact assessments & audits
- Practical methods of resource exploration and assessment
- Communication skills – writing of technical report and project proposals
- Presentation skills – visualization of data and communication of research findings/topics
Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads
Common employment destinations include:
- Water Treatment Specialist in Water Treatment and Waste Disposal
- Environmental Assessment Analyst
- Environmental Auditor
- Environmental Consultant
- Government Scientist (Provincial and Federal)
- Research Associate in Universities
- Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator in Chemical Product Distributors
- Quality Assurance in Manufacturing (Food, Paper, Chemical, Plastics)
- Analytical Specialist in Engineering Consulting
The Career Directory
Environmental Chemistry Grads from UTSC have gone on to:
- Alpha Laboratories (Laboratory Clerk)
- MediSystem Pharmacy (Relationship Manager)
- Ministry of the Environment (PPCP Analyst)
UTSC Environmental Chemistry graduates are working in Government Research, Education, and Operations.
Graduate & Professional Studies
Popular further education opportunities include:
- Environmental Chemistry – Master and Doctorate Degrees
- Environmental Science – Bachelor or Master • Engineering – Bachelor or Master
- Biotechnology – Master
- Regulatory Affairs – Post-Graduate Certificate
- Quality Assurance – Post-Graduate Diploma
- Occupational Health & Safety – Certificate
Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Environmental Chemistry Grads
- Manufacturing (Chemical, Pharmaceutical)
- Research and Development
- Health and Safety
- Renewable Energy
- Government (Federal, Regional, Provincial, Municipal)
- Sales and Marketing
- Waste Management
Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan
1. Do Your Research
The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:
- Career Cruising: Log into cln.utoronto.ca, click on Resources, and click on Career Cruising to be logged in automatically
- O*Net: online.onetcenter.org (U.S. site)
Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.
Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:
- Information Interviews
- Working On-Campus
2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience
Gain exposure to your options in the world of work and make connections while you’re a student via campus events and programs listed on cln.utoronto.ca and ccr.utoronto.ca:
- Extern Job Shadowing
- In the Field
- Explore It! (course-based)
- Partners in Leadership (4th year students)
- iLead, uLead, weLead (Department of Student Life)
- Employer Information Sessions
- Career & Volunteer Fairs
- Departmental Student Association Events
Apply for Work Study jobs in CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via the SCSU.
Find networking opportunities, internship programs and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and Charity Village.
As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC’s Get Hired conference and participate in Jobs for Grads.
As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.
3. Build Your Network
Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!
- Environmental & Physical Sciences Student Association
- Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario
- The Chemical Institute of Canada
- Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists
- Canadian Education Association
- Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
- Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry
- Biotec Canada
- Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
- Workplace Safety & Prevention Services