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Chemistry and Physics (BSc)


If you are an excellent student with superior abilities in chemistry, physics and mathematics, Laurier’s Chemistry and Physics program is a match for you. The Chemistry and Physics program combines 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 of chemistry and physics through both classroom and laboratory time. 

Physics is the science that deals with the properties and interactions of matter, energy and force. Chemistry is the study of the complex molecular world – a world that exists at the submicroscopic level. In this program, students will focus on nanoscience (the study of phenomena on a nanometer, which is one billionth of a meter) and materials science.

On the nanoscale, structures have properties that are very different from those of a bulk scale. For example, bulk gold is motionless whereas gold nanoclusters have been shown to form a variety of chemical reactions. Knowledge of quantum mechanics is essential to understand phenomena on the nanoscale.

Your courses in material science and quantum mechanics will provide you with the skill sets to discover implications of small properties and learn how these affect our everyday life such as medicine and computing. You will take courses in quantum chemistry, solid state physics and quantum nanoscience and devices. As a result, you will graduate with a mastery of experimental techniques and the ability to analyze, formulate and solve problems quantitatively.  

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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


  • 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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