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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


The MSc program is aimed at providing students with transferable practical skills, as well as a comprehensive background in a variety of close-knit chemical disciplines. Graduates will be prepared to use their acquired knowledge and experimental skills in organic, inorganic, biological, physical and analytical chemistry to solve multifaceted theoretical and experimental problems.

The program consists of six consecutive terms that focuses on a research-based thesis and includes a minimum of two half-credit courses.

Half-credit courses vary by year but may include:

CH600: Organic Chemistry IV: Advanced Organic Synthesis

This course deals with special topics in organic synthesis. Topics may include, but not be limited to, synthesis and reactivity of heterocycles, chemistry of carbenes, olefination reactions, organo-main-group chemistry, stereoselective reactions and asymmetric synthesis.

CH622: Aquatic Geochemistry

Aquatic geochemistry involves application of the principles of chemistry to processes in aquatic environments. Environmental processes can be natural or anthropogenic. In this course the primary focus will be on understanding processes in aquatic system using chemical equilibrium and kinetics. Topics will include properties and composition of natural waters, chemical reactions in aqueous systems, acidity and alkalinity of water, redox equilibria in natural waters, microorganisms as catalysts of aquatic chemical reactions, water pollution and treatment and reactivity at mineral surfaces.

CH640: Topics in Nanomaterials and Biomaterials

A comprehensive overview of two important classes of modern technological materials. Specific topics will cover nanoparticles, nanostructures (such as carbon nanotubes and molecular wires), self-assembly, biocompatible materials and material aspects of biosensors.

CH645: Environmental Heterogeneous Catalysis

Environmental heterogeneous catalysis is the science that studies surface catalyzed reactions in natural systems, chemical industry and emissions control. This course covers topics on the thermodynamics and kinetics of surface catalyzed reactions. Principle operations of surface science techniques will also be introduced and advances in current research in environmental catalysis will be discussed.

CH652: Membrane Transport and Cellular Communication

Topics on structure and function of biological membranes and membrane proteins, principles and mechanisms of signal transduction, transport of ions and molecules across membranes and chemical communication between cells are introduced and discussed by reviewing the recent literature.

CH680: Advanced Topics in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Course dealing with selected interdisciplinary topics of interest taught through a cooperative effort of several faculty members. Several diverse approaches to the same topic will be considered for a multifaceted in-depth understanding.

Contact Us:

General Inquiries

E: chemgrad@wlu.ca

Jane Davidson, Administrative Assistant

E: jadavidson@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.1710 x2148

Lillian DeBruin, Graduate Coordinator

E: ldebruin@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.1710 x3599

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