Chemistry is a modern, dynamic and diverse field that involves investigating the substances that make up our physical world and how they change. Chemistry touches everything we come into contact with. It is connected to almost all areas of science and engineering. For example, chemists play a vital role in developing new drugs, understanding and modifying biological processes and making materials for advanced electronic devices. Chemists are also important players in such diverse areas as genetic engineering, forensic science and the oil and gas industry. More recently, chemists have been at the forefront of nanotechnology and emerging green technologies, particularly in the development of sustainable energy sources. 

The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the Faculty of Science offers chemistry, biochemistry and biopharmaceutical science programs with unique options in medicinal chemistry, genomics, advanced materials chemistry, ecochemistry and chemical biology. In addition to classroom teaching, programs offer practical laboratory training with a focus on individual instruction.

This program is offered in English and in French.

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The extended French stream is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
MAT 1320Calculus I3 Units
MAT 1322Calculus II3 Units
MAT 1341Introduction to Linear Algebra3 Units
PHY 1121Fundamentals of Physics I3 Units
PHY 1122Fundamentals of Physics II3 Units
BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2131Chemical Thermodynamics of Gases and Solutions3 Units
CHM 2330Physical Chemistry: Introduction to the Molecular Properties of Matter3 Units
CHM 2353Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 2354Analytical Chemistry3 Units
PHY 2100Fundamentals of Applied Physics III3 Units
CHM 3120Intermediate Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3122Applications of Spectroscopy in Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3126Laboratory of Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3140Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Modelling3 Units
CHM 3350Transition Metal Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3373Molecular Spectroscopy and Statistical Mechanics3 Units
CHM 4354Principles of Instrumental Analysis3 Units
One option from the following:9 Units
Option 1: Honours Project
Research Project and Seminar
Option 2: Honours Project Co-op Option
Research Project
and 3 optional course units in chemistry (CHM) at the 3000 or 4000 level
3 optional course units in chemistry (CHM) at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level3 Units
3 optional course units in chemistry (CHM) at the 3000 or 4000 level3 Units
3 course units from Physical-Theoretical:3 Units
Computational Chemistry I
Computational Chemistry II
Molecular Dynamics in Chemistry
Application of Theoretical Chemistry
Advanced Characterization Methods in Material Science and Catalysis
Photochemistry and Photobiology
Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
3 course units from Organic - Bio-organic:3 Units
Modern Bioanalytical Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Enzyme Chemistry and Biocatalysis
Polymer and Applied Chemistry
Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reaction Mechanisms
Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
Advanced Chemical Biology
3 course units from Inorganic - Materials:3 Units
Chemistry of Sustainable Energy
Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Solid State Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Nanostructured Materials
Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
12 elective course units offered by the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Telfer School of Management12 Units
18 elective course units18 Units
Total: 120 Units

This message is intended for students registered in the Faculty of Science. If the components of your program of study require common compulsory courses, you will have to replace the units as follows:

  1. 1000-level courses must be replaced with elective course units;
  2.  2000-level courses and above must be replaced with optional course units from either discipline at the same level or above.

Please note that all programs in the Faculty of Science require a minimum of 12 elective course units from the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Telfer School of Management. Once you have decided on the replacement courses, please inform the Office of Undergraduate Programs of the Faculty of Science by email at infosci@uOttawa.ca so that we may amend your Academic Advisement accordingly.