Program Description

Chemistry is the study of matter — anything that has mass and occupies space. Everything you can touch, hold, smell or taste involves chemistry and chemicals. Chemists design new compounds, materials and processes to serve the needs of society. Some examples include new pharmaceuticals to fight disease, industrial catalysts for efficient manufacturing, and leading- edge nanotechnologies to change the world we live in. Chemists study the relationship between the chemical structure of matter and its properties, and predict and explain how matter changes when it reacts to form new substances.

Rigorous, Enriching Programs

The B.Sc. Chemistry is one of our most popular Faculty of Science programs. The Honours Chemistry program is extremely flexible, providing a strong background in chemistry, and allowing students to pursue interests in various areas of science, including biology, physics, math, earth sciences and computer science. We offer students courses and laboratory experience in the general sub-disciplines of chemistry:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

Expertise in all of these sub-disciplines is important for careers as chemists, research scientists, forensic scientists, environmental chemists and consultants, laboratory technicians, chemical educators, and a wide variety of careers. We require you to obtain some experience with biological, organic and inorganic molecules, as well as their physical properties, during the course of your degree.

What You Will Take the First Year

What follows is a sample first-year schedule:

  • General Chemistry I
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Differential Calculus
  • Introductory Physics I
  • Arts or Social Science elective
  • General Chemistry II
  • Biological Diversity or elective
  • Integral Calculus
  • Introductory Physics II
  • Elective

Experiential Learning

Experience is vital in becoming a skilled chemist. Students in the Chemistry program enjoy both a broad range of courses — from Materials Chemistry, Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization, Main Group Chemistry, Free Radicals in Chemistry and Biology, Surface Chemistry, Pharmacology for Health Sciences, Kinetics and Photochemistry to Drug Design and Diagnostics — and extensive lab time, providing the unique combination of academics and hands-on experience that employers look for. Selected students are able to pursue an undergraduate fourth-year thesis in which they pursue a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Further, NSERC undergraduate awards support summer research.

Chemistry Research Internships Program (C.R.I.S.P.)

Unique to the Chemistry (or Chemistry–Physics) program of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the Chemistry Research Internships Program (C.R.I.S.P.). C.R.I.S.P. students receive personalized training, and are exposed to research, technologies and skills that are way beyond standard chemistry curricula in North America. This will strongly impact future applications for professional schools, graduate schools and employment. Internships pay a total of $3,000 over three years for a minimum of 35 hours per term of research work.

Career Tracks

Chemistry is often called the "central science" because it connects physical sciences with life sciences and engineering. Consequently, knowledge of chemistry is a requirement or beneficial for a very large number of diverse career paths of which only a few are listed below. However, many require training at the MSc or Ph.D. level.

  • Entrance to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry and pharmacy
  • Industrial and academic research and development
  • Government and hospital laboratories
  • Industrial process laboratories
  • Administration and management
  • Education (with additional studies)
  • Environmental analyses and assessments
  • Patent and environmental law (with additional studies)

Admission Requirements

Our Chemistry program has a minimum admission average of 70% (plus 70% secondary average). ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SBI4U are required. MCV4U is strongly recommended. SPH4U is recommended.

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