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 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.

BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
GEO 1115Introduction to Earth Materials3 Units
One option from the following:6 Units
Option 1:
Calculus I
Calculus II
Option 2:
Calculus for the Life Sciences I
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
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
BIO 2129Ecology3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2131Chemical Thermodynamics of Gases and Solutions3 Units
CHM 2313Environmental Chemistry3 Units
CHM 2330Physical Chemistry: Introduction to the Molecular Properties of Matter3 Units
CHM 2353Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 2354Analytical Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3120Intermediate Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3122Applications of Spectroscopy in Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3128Catalysis and Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing3 Units
CHM 3350Transition Metal Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4129Chemistry of Sustainable Energy3 Units
CHM 4354Principles of Instrumental Analysis3 Units
One option from the following:9 Units
Option 1: Honours Project
Research Project 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
Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Modelling
Molecular Spectroscopy and Statistical Mechanics
Medicinal Chemistry
Enzyme Chemistry and Biocatalysis
Polymer and Applied Chemistry
Molecular Dynamics in Chemistry
Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Organometallic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reaction Mechanisms
Advanced Characterization Methods in Material Science and Catalysis
Photochemistry and Photobiology
6 optional course units from the list of optional courses below6 Units
3 optional course units in chemistry (CHM) at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level3 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


List of Optional Courses

BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
BIO 3117Ecosystem Ecology3 Units
BIO 4101Pesticides and the Environment3 Units
BIO 4146Ecotoxicology3 Units
BPS 4121Biosynthesis and Natural Product Derived Medicines3 Units
BPS 4123Phytomedicines and Natural Product Drugs3 Units
CHM 3140Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Modelling3 Units
CHM 3373Molecular Spectroscopy and Statistical Mechanics3 Units
CHM 4123Medicinal Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4139Enzyme Chemistry and Biocatalysis3 Units
CHM 4155Polymer and Applied Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4182Molecular Dynamics in Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4311Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4317Organometallic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4325Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reaction Mechanisms3 Units
CHM 4380Advanced Characterization Methods in Material Science and Catalysis3 Units
CHM 4381Photochemistry and Photobiology3 Units
CVG 2132Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering3 Units
DVM 2105Introduction to International Development: Historical Perspectives3 Units
DVM 3125Environmental Policies, Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development3 Units
ECO 2121Economics of Globalization3 Units
ENV 1101Global Environmental Challenges3 Units
ENV 3101Legal Context of Environmental Issues3 Units
ENV 4118Environmental Impact Assessment 13 Units
EVS 1101Introduction to Environmental Science3 Units
GEG 1301The Physical Environment3 Units
GEG 3302Natural Resource and Environmental Management3 Units
GEG 4118Environmental Impact Assessment 13 Units
GEO 1111Introduction to Earth Systems3 Units
GEO 2163Introduction to Mineralogy3 Units
GEO 2166Oceanography3 Units
GEO 2307Environmental Geology3 Units
GEO 2334Quaternary Geology and Climate Change3 Units
GEO 3167Mineral Deposits3 Units
GEO 3342Introduction to Hydrogeology3 Units
GEO 3382Geochemistry3 Units
HIS 2129Technology, Society and Environment Since 18003 Units
MAT 2379Introduction to Biostatistics3 Units
POL 1102Politics and Globalization3 Units
SOC 4310Globalization and the Environment3 Units