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Course content

The course provides an integrated description of the chemical processes and equilibrium systems that determine mobility, transport, turnover and effects of chemical contaminants in air, soil and water. It also provides an introduction to natural chemical processes in the environment. The lectures are given by external and internal researchers with examples from our own current research.

Learning outcome

The course will provide students with basic knowledge necessary to understand and predict effect of chemical contaminants in the environment.
You will learn about:

  • Our main environmental challenges
  • Chemical equilibriums in air, soil and water
  • How to make distribution and stability diagrams
  • Sources, transport and fate of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the environment
  • Environmental effects of POPs
  • Air pollution at different scales
  • The greenhouse effect and global climate change


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Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM9700 – Environmental Chemistry II


30 hours lectures. The first lecture is mandatory.

Within August 10th / January 10th, international students must inform the Examination Officer at the Department of Chemistry (room VU12, phone 22855447) if English teaching is requested.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Oral examination.

This subject offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

English if requested by English-speaking master students, otherwise Norwegian.