Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Program

The program offerings of the Department of Chemistry are designed to meet two main objectives:

a. to provide a rigorous core education in the theory and practice of chemistry for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours, Major, Minor, or Concentration in Chemistry;

b. to provide students in other disciplines an introduction to the principles and practices of this central science, contributing to their fundamental understanding and appreciation of the physical world.

Our Bachelor of Science with Major in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry degrees are nationally accredited programs by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) governing board, ensuring that the program has the potential to prepare graduates to practice their profession in a competent scientific manner. Honours graduates from the program are well prepared to continue their education at the graduate level in related fields of study. Majors graduates are also well equipped to further their education or to enter into the scientific work force, contributing to such areas as research, education, government, and industry at various levels of responsibility.

In addition to having a strong commitment to teaching, the Chemistry Department Faculty members are committed to engaging undergraduate students in their research activities. Opportunities exist for motivated and capable students to enrich their program by contributing to the research work and dissemination of research results through employment as research assistants and participation in research conferences.


SPECIAL NOTE

Students must achieve a passing grade in the lab component of a chemistry course in order to be eligible to receive credit for the course.  All of the Chemistry courses listed on these pages have a 3-hour per week lab period except the following courses: CHEM 1190, CHEM 1221, CHEM 2100, CHEM 2373, CHEM 4499 AND CHEM 4500.

Graduate-Level Courses
The Department offers instruction in Chemistry at the graduate level. For details on graduate courses, see the Graduate Academic Calendar.


 

Major in Chemistry - Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Major apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Major, in Section Three.  The specific list of forty-five (45) credit hours of CHEM courses required to satisfy 6 (d) is contained in the following list of Science courses required for the program:

  •  CHEM 1210  General Chemistry I
  • Three (3) credit hours from: CHEM 1211, 1212 or 1213 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2312  Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2313  Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2332  Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Wet Methods
  • CHEM 2333  Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Methods
  • CHEM 2344  Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2345  Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2322  Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3424  Inorganic Chemistry II
  • Three (3) credit hours from: CHEM 3451 Introductory Biochemistry, or CHEM 4452 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in CHEM  at the 3400 level or above;
  • MATH 1210 and MATH 1211;
  • MATH 1216 or three (3) credit hours in MATH or CSCI at the 2000-level or above.
  • PHYS 1210 and PHYS 1211 
  • Nine (9) credit hours in Science Electives (not in CHEM)

    *Note: Students should consult the Faculty of Science Program Requirement Tables available online for recommended Science Electives, and a suggested sequence of courses for years 1 and 2. Students should consult with the Chemistry Chairperson or a Science Advisor to determine the best sequence of courses for years 3 and 4.


Major in Chemistry - Suggested Sequence

The following  sequence is recommended by the Department of Chemistry for students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Science with Major in Chemistry

 Year 1:

 Year 2:

  • CHEM 2312 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2313 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2332 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Wet Methods
  • CHEM 2333 Introductory Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Methods
  • CHEM 2344 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2345 Organic Chemistry II
  • Three (3) credit hours in Mathematics or Computing Science
  • Three (3) credit hours in non-CHEM science electives
  • Six (6) credit hours in electives

 Year 3:

  • CHEM 2322 Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3424 Inorganic Chemistry II
  • Three (3) credit hours from: CHEM 3451 Introductory Biochemistry; CHEM 4452 Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism
  • Six (6) credit hours in Arts
  • Six (6) credit hours of non-CHEM science electives
  • Nine (9) credit hours of electives

 

Year 4:

  • Twelve (12) credit hours in CHEM at the 3400 level or above
  • Eighteen (18) credit hours of electives

Double Major in Chemistry and Other Science – Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Double Major apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Double Major, in Section Three. The specific list of thirty-six (36) credit hours of CHEM required to satisfy 7(a) are contained in the following list of required Science courses for the program:


Honours in Chemistry – Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Honours and Double Honours, in Section Three.  Students must secure a supervisor for the Honours thesis (CHEM 4500) before applying to the Honours program. The specific list of sixty (60) credit hours of CHEM courses required to satisfy the honours requirements 11 (a) is contained in the following list of required Science courses for the program:


Double Honours in Chemistry and Other Science - Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Double Honours apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Honours and Double Honours in Section Three.  The specific list of Chemistry courses which satisfies the required minimum forty-eight (48) credit hours in Chemistry (if thesis completed in Chemistry) or the required minimum of forty-two (42) credit hours in Chemistry (if thesis completed in another science) is as follows:


Honours in Chemistry and Major in Other Science - Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry and Major in another science apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – Honours and Major Program in Section Three.  The specific list of Chemistry courses which satisfies the required minimum forty-eight (48) credit hours in Chemistry is the same as that listed above for the Double Honours, thesis completed in Chemistry.


Concentration in Chemistry – Requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science General with Concentration in Chemistry apply as listed in this Academic Calendar under the heading of Faculty of Science, Bachelor of Science – General (with a Concentration) in Section Three.  The specific list of thirty (30) credit hours in CHEM courses required to satisfy 9 (b) is as follows:

  •  CHEM 1210  General Chemistry I
  • Three (3) credit hours from: CHEM 12111212 or 1213 General Chemistry II
  • Twelve (12) credit hours from the following:
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in CHEM  at the 3400 level or above

Minor in Chemistry – Requirements:

The requirements for a Minor in Chemistry apply as listed in this Academic Calendar in the Faculty of Science pages under the heading of Bachelor of Science – Major and Minor in Section Three.  The specific list of thirty (30) credit hours in CHEM courses required to satisfy 9 (b) is as follows: