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Chemistry and Physics (BSc)


 waterloo

If you are an excellent student with superior abilities in chemistry, physics and mathematics then Laurier’s Chemistry and Physics program is a match for you. This program combines some of the best of our Bachelors of Science programs in Chemistry and Physics. Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a solid theoretical foundation in chemistry and physics through both classroom lectures and laboratory experiments.

The focus of Laurier’s Chemistry and Physics program is on the chemical and physical properties of materials at the bulk scale (where dimensions are effectively infinite) and at the nanoscale (where dimensions are 1 to 100 nanometers). At the bulk scale, classical mechanics can generally be used to describe the material. However, at the nanoscale, quantum effects can be very important and the properties of the material can be very different. For example, whereas bulk gold is inert, gold nanoparticles have been shown to catalyse a variety of chemical reactions.

Your materials science and quantum mechanics courses (and nanoscience courses) in both chemistry and physics will provide you with a unique skill set which will enable you to understand the properties of existing materials and which will give you the ability to design new materials with unique mechanical, optical, electronic or magnetic properties, which could have applications not only in chemistry and physics but also in disciplines as varied as computing and medicine.

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Program Highlights

  • This program combines our Bachelor of Science programs in Chemistry and Physics.
  • You'll focus on materials and nanoscience where you'll learn how to tailor the essential structures of materials at the nanoscale to achieve specific properties.
  • There are many opportunities for you to interact with faculty and other students in the classroom and lab, and conduct research under faculty supervision, throughout your studies.
  • Physics Professor Shohini Ghose is one of just two Canadians selected to be a 2014 TED Fellow – a designation that had her sharing the spotlight with Melinda and Bill Gates.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Modern Materials
  • Polymers and Soft Matter
  • Topics in Nanomaterials and Biomaterials
  • Solid State Physics
  • Quantum Nanoscience and Devices
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Quantum Mechanics

Requirements

  • Admission range of low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 75%.
  • Advanced Functions at 75%.
  • Calculus at 75%.

IB Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 4.
  • HL or SL Chemistry at 4.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 4.
  • IB Minimum score 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Entrepreneurship Core Option
  • Management Option
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Sustainability Option
  • Computer Science Minor
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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