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Chemistry (BSc)


 waterloo

Chemistry touches every aspect of our lives. The study of the complex molecular world – a world that exists at the submicroscopic level – is a discipline of enormous scope. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Laurier emphasizes the traditional divisions of chemistry such as analytical, inorganic, organic and physical, as well as the cutting-edge fields of biotechnology, materials chemistry, and nanochemistry.

Research in chemistry has produced many significant innovations in agriculture, industry, healthcare and consumer goods. Today, chemists are concerned with developing processes and products that will cause minimal harm to the environment and improve our quality of life.

In our Chemistry programs, classroom and laboratory time are balanced to provide you with solid theoretical foundations and mastery of experimental techniques. Also, the small size of the department means there are plenty of opportunities to interact with faculty. 

We offer several courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biochemistry to ensure you receive a comprehensive undergraduate education. You can also combine this degree with Mathematics or Biology and earn a BSc with two majors.

The Canadian Society for Chemistry has accredited the thesis option of this program.

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Program Highlights

  • In our Chemistry program, classroom and lab time is balanced to give you the academic knowledge and experimental techniques that you need to succeed in a career.
  • 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.
  • Modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, such as NMR and HPLC, are available to students engaged in research.
  • Our students often receive Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Structure Elucidation
  • Environmental Aquatic and Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Polymer and Soft Matter
  • Introduction to Modern Materials
  • Organometallic Chemistry

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • Advanced Functions and English each at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 70%.
  • Chemistry and Mathematics also require Calculus and Vectors at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • HL or SL Chemistry at 4.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Careers

A degree in chemistry from Laurier is an excellent starting place for further education in health professions including medical, dental, pharmaceutical and optometry schools, or for pursuing graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry. Other career options include:

  • medicinal/pharmaceutical researcher
  • analytical/environmental chemist
  • synthetic chemist
  • fragrance and cosmetics developer

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