AE2801 Environmental Chemistry and Risk Assessment 7.5 credits

Miljökemi och riskbedömning

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
    Environmental Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the students should be able to:

- estimate the geochemical fate of pollutants from basic information and by applying geochemical models

- interpret analytical measurements of metals and organic pollutants in different media

- interpret ecotoxicological information for contaminants

- understand the principles of environmental risk assessment

- apply today's risk assessment systems for contaminated soils and waters, although with a critical mind

- understand the principles of some common and successful soil remediation methods

- be familiar with some of the most important research issues in the field of environmental geochemistry.

Course main content

Geochemistry of contaminants in soils, sediments, groundwaters and surface waters. Adsorption and organic complexation models for metals. Field work with soil sampling including study visit to contaminated site. Methods for chemical analysis of contaminants in soils and waters. Basic ecotoxicology. Principles of environmental risk assessment, and application of the Swedish system for risk assessment of contaminated soils. Remediation technologies. Current research issues. Part of the course is project-based, in which course participants characterize soil and perform risk assessment for a contaminated site. 


Bachelor's degree in the field of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or another subject with clear relevance to the course, of at least 180 ECTS credits, which includes General Chemistry and/or Environmental Soil Chemistry (or equivalent) for at least 7.5 ECTS credits. Proficiency in English (English B or equivalent).   


Gustafsson, J.P., Jacks, G., Simonsson, M. & Nilsson, I. Soil and water chemistry.

Rapporter från Naturvårdsverket.

Kompletterande litteratur som annonseras på kursens webbsida innan kursstart.


  • PRO1 - Project Work, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Prosun Bhattacharya <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2014.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2012.