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Chemistry (BSc)

Chemistry (BSc)

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Chemistry is the study of the complex molecular world. Everything is chemistry, from drugs and modern materials to light-emitting bulbs that illuminate our lives.

In our Chemistry program, you'll learn to develop processes and products, and gain insight to how these are shaped by environmental, cultural and economic issues.  

Program Highlights

  • co-op-icon.jpgCo-op is available (apply after first year).
  • 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 are eligible for 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.

First-Year Courses

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • Mechanics (for the Life Sciences)*
  • Thermodynamics and Waves (for the Life Sciences)*
  • Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences**
  • Calculus I for the Natural Sciences*
  • 2.0 elective credits

*Choice of course exists depending on whether or not high school physics was completed.

**Choice of course exists depending on background preparation in math

For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • Advanced Functions and English each at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 70%.
  • Chemistry and Mathematics requires Calculus and Vectors at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

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
  • concentration in Bio-organic Chemistry, Materials and Applied Physical Chemistry, or Environmental Chemistry
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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