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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. Chemical research has produced innovations in agriculture, industry, health care and consumer goods. Today, chemistry is concerned with developing processes and products that will be the least harmful to the environment.

If you choose to study Chemistry at Laurier, you will have the opportunity to work with professors who are noth devoted to teaching and active in research. The broad chemical principles learned are the basis of many of today's unique products, providing a foundation for a variety of career options.

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 one of the following majors to earn your BSc:

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

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Program Highlights

  • View the Chemistry experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future 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.
  • Take this program in combination with Physics to focus on materials and nanoscience where you learn how to tailor the essential structures of materials at the nanoscale to achieve specific properties.

Sample Courses

  • Modern Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Structure Elucidation
  • Environmental Aquatic and Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Polymers 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 requires Calculus and Vectors at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, 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.
  • For Chemistry and Biology, HL or SL English, Chemistry and Math at 3. Biology 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
  • Sustainability Option
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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