Curriculum & Courses

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry


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The Chemistry Major is intended to give students exposure to all areas of chemistry, as well as a solid grounding in general education and a community learning focus. The program also encompasses an optional concentration: Analytical Biochemistry with a strong focus on preparing students for future research or careers in biochemistry laboratories. This major has a strong experiential learning component, both in terms of course-based lab experiences and in Community Service Learning (CSL). These CSL-rich courses are one of the defining features of the program. They promote team-based approaches as learners engage with questions pertinent to their communities.  The intention is to provide junior students with research experiences early in their academic careers, while senior students apply their subject matter expertise in a more advanced role. This ‘real-world’ team-based problem solving will help prepare learners for the types of projects they will face in their future careers.

Required core courses

All Chemistry students must take the following 16 core courses.

  • BCEM 2201 - General Biochemistry
  • CHEM 1201 - General Chemistry - Structure and Bonding
  • CHEM 1202 - General Chemistry - Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry
  • CHEM 2101 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2102 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2301 - Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 2302 - Analytical Chemistry II: Introduction to Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 2401 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 2601 - Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 3200 - Research Methods in Chemistry
  • CHEM 3601 - Thermodynamics
  • COMP 2001 - Computer-Based Problem Solving for the Sciences
  • MATH 1200 - Calculus for Scientists I
  • MATH 2200 - Calculus for Scientists II
  • PHYS 1201 - Classical Physics I
  • PHYS 1202 - Classical Physics II


  • Four elective courses.

General Education Requirements

Ten courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Science - Chemistry.

  1. Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
  2. Three courses will be taken at the second tier: BSc students will make their Tier 2 selections from clusters other than Numeracy and Scientific Literacy.
  3. Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.

Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before registering for a course.

Concentration in Analytical Biochemistry

The Analytical Biochemistry concentration in the B.Sc. in Chemistry is a novel program that straddles the disciplines of analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Students will develop valuable analytical chemistry skills in the context of biochemistry and biology. This concentration will take full advantage of the community service learning opportunities integrated into the B.Sc. Chemistry degree. The skills and experiences that students will gain from this concentration will be of great value regardless of students’ future plans.

  • BCEM 3201 - Protein Biochemistry
  • BCEM 4201 - Lipids and Membranes
  • BCEM 4210 - Topics in Structural Biology
  • BCEM 5200 - Analytical Biochemistry in Community Context
  • BIOL 1202 - Introduction to Cell Biology
  • BIOL 1204 - The Evolution of Eukaryotes
  • BIOL 2101 - Genetics
  • BIOL 2202 - Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • CHEM 4301 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry

General Chemistry Option

The General Chemistry option in the B.Sc. in Chemistry covers the wide range of topics found in traditional degrees. This breadth of subjects provides students with a broad range of valuable knowledge and skills. Through the use of approved options, students will be able to customize this program to suit their interests. Finally, integrated community service learning gives students valuable experience in applying classroom learning towards answering problems and concerns of external community partners.

  • CHEM 3201 - Structure Determination
  • CHEM 3602 - Elementary Quantum Mechanics
  • CHEM 4701 - Molecular Modelling
  • CHEM 5200 - Community Service Learning Projects
  • MATH 1203 - Linear Algebra for Scientists and Engineers
  • MATH 3200 - Mathematical Methods
  • PHYS 2201 - Acoustics, Optics and Radiation

Three of

Fourth-year courses one of which must include a lab:

  • BCEM 4212 - Biochemical Pharmacology
  • CHEM 4103 - Advanced Organic Chemistry: Synthesis
  • CHEM 4213 - Drug Discovery
  • CHEM 4301 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4411 - Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis
  • CHEM 4602 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • CHEM 4603 - Symmetry and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 4801 - Nuclear Chemistry