Jun 15-Jul 31, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): Steve Holmgren, Bill McLaughlin and Amy Washtak

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Course Description

This course is designed to familiarize students with basic general science and chemistry concepts of the environment, including water, air and Earth - as well as to provide opportunities to enrich these chemistry concepts through applications and examples. Since this course will be building upon basic chemistry concepts, it is assumed that teachers taking this course have taken general chemistry at the undergraduate level, or the equivalent.

The course will integrate chemistry concepts of water, air and Earth with environmental context. Instructors will use narratives, supplemental reference book examples, internet examples, as well as material complied on the student’s part. The textbook will be used as a basis for the course but students will be required to utilize materials from various resources, including but not limited to: the Internet, local professionals and their own classroom materials. Students will complete two original curriculum teaching projects derived from course content, which are designed to complement existing classroom content.
    Students will be assessed through the following ways:
  • Weekly on-line discussions of a topic posed which is derived from the weekly narrative
  • Concise weekly homework questions derived from chemistry concepts explored in narratives and supplemental textbook
  • Final exam consisting of multiple-choice questions
  • The development of three complete and original curriculum projects derived from course content

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 16 - 20 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Steve Holmgren, PhD.

Bill McLaughlin, PhD.

Amy Washtak, MS.


Graduate standing; two years of teaching experience; one year of general chemistry.

Target Audience

8-14 grade science teachers. The course is designed primarily for 8-14 grade level practicing science teachers with at least two years of teaching experience, seeking graduate credit in Chemistry.

Time Commitment:

16-20 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Course participants will need to purchase the text on their own. See the text below.

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it on the registration form.

Required Books/Materials

  • Environmental Chemistry: A Global Perspective by G.W. Vanloon & S.J. Duffy
    2011 3rd Edition
    ISBN: 9780199228867
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

You can order the text through the Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (CHMY 591)
  • the title of the text
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University

  • The text may also be available from other sources.

    Optional Books/Materials:

    • Top Shelf: Environmental Chemistry by Newton
      ISBN: 9780825150456
      Walch Publishing
      Strongly Recommended for those who teach grades 6-9

    Also available through the Montana State University Bookstore.

    Computer Requirements:

    • Internet access
    • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

    This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

    For More Information

    contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

    How to Register

    Register Online