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
GEO 1115Introduction to Earth Materials3 Units
MAT 1320Calculus I3 Units
MAT 1322Calculus II3 Units
One option from the following:6 Units
Option 1:
Fundamentals of Physics I
Fundamentals of Physics II
Option 2:
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2128Synthesis and Characterization of Advanced Materials3 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
GEO 2163Introduction to Mineralogy3 Units
CHM 3120Intermediate Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3122Applications of Spectroscopy in Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3140Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Modelling3 Units
CHM 3350Transition Metal Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3373Molecular Spectroscopy and Statistical Mechanics3 Units
CHM 4318Nanostructured Materials3 Units
CHM 4354Principles of Instrumental Analysis3 Units
CHM 4380Advanced Characterization Methods in Material Science and Catalysis3 Units
One option from the following:9 Units
Option 1: Honours Project
Research Project and Seminar 1
Option 2: Honours Project Co-op Option
Research Project
and 3 optional course units in chemistry (CHM) at the 3000 or 4000 level
6 optional course units from:6 Units
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Computational Chemistry I
Computational Chemistry II
Polymer and Applied Chemistry
Molecular Dynamics in Chemistry
Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Solid State Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reaction Mechanisms
Application of Theoretical Chemistry
Photochemistry and Photobiology
6 optional course units from the list of optional courses below6 Units
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 units 218 Units
Total: 120 Units

Note(s)

1

A project related to Advances Materials is strongly recommended.

2

Although the program is well suited for future graduate work, for students intending to pursue graduate studies in chemistry, it is highly recommended to take 6 of their elective course units from the list of chemistry (CHM) courses in their area of interest at the 4000 level.

List of Optional Courses

BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
CHM 3126Laboratory of Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4123Medicinal Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4141Computational Chemistry I3 Units
CHM 4143Computational Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 4155Polymer and Applied Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4182Molecular Dynamics in Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4311Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4313Solid State Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4317Organometallic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4325Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reaction Mechanisms3 Units
CHM 4340Application of Theoretical Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4381Photochemistry and Photobiology3 Units
GEO 2164Analytical Methods in Mineralogy3 Units
GEO 3167Mineral Deposits3 Units
MAT 1341Introduction to Linear Algebra3 Units
PHY 2100Fundamentals of Applied Physics III 13 Units
or PHY 2323Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 2361Modern Physics3 Units
PHY 3350Thermodynamics3 Units
PHY 4382Introduction to Solid State Physics3 Units
PHY 4387Physics of Materials3 Units
1

No more than 3 course units from PHY 2100, PHY 2323

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.