The George Washington University’s Master of Science in Environmental and Green Chemistry

Editor’s note: Dr. Jakub Kostal from The George Washington University gave us a behind the scenes look into the George Washington University’s Master of Science in Environmen­tal and Green Chemistry program.


The George Washington University is a research-intensive university that actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Its location in the heart of Washington places GWU at the core of U.S. government, policy and law; GWU sits where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. To this end, GWU students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the wscienceorld.

The George Washington University’s Master of Science in Environmen­tal and Green Chemistry trains the next generation of experts with an interdisciplinary curriculum that fosters proficiency in evaluating the environment and in designing new chemicals and chemical processes with minimal environmental impact. This unique 30-credit hour program offers five core courses on Energy and the Environment; Environmental Chemistry of Air, Water and Soil; Green Industrial Chemistry; Chemical Toxicology and Rational Design of Safer Chemicals; and Environmental Analytical Chemistry. The program concludes with a capstone project, a real-world group-based exercise that students carry out with one of our partnering institutions in the government or private sector.

reIn addition to combining elements from five core focus areas, the program leverages public health, science policy and business course­work to provide a broader perspec­tive and strengthen students’ communication and interpersonal skills. Students are encouraged to select elective courses that are rele­vant to their educational goals.

The program’s intended learning outcomes are for students to attain a level of technical ability and knowledge in the fields of environmental/green chemistry and related social sciences to function as professionals in their discipline; gain experience in carrying out research using technical and problem-solving skills to contribute to their field in the form of a capstone project; gain communication and presentation skills that are consistent with professional standards; be well-positioned to obtain employment or continue education towards a doctoral degree in chemistry, sustainability or related fields.

The George Washington University’s Master of Science in Environmen­tal and Green Chemistry is a perfect fit for any aspiring green scientist; not only it offers a rigorous interdisciplinary program, including a unique course on designing safer chemicals, but it also provides unparalleled opportunities for employment in Washington, D.C.