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Discover what happens at the molecular and subatomic levels. Study the central science and learn how things in nature really work. Become a part of an undergraduate program that encourages you to think differently. Get a head start on your career with hands-on experience in new, modern laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Choose from research projects covering the most modern aspects of chemistry, including projects studying biological problems with chemical tools. A chemistry degree is also considered a strong pathway to professional programs, including Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Education.

Program Options

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Three-year
  • B.Sc. Honours
  • Double Honours
  • Minor

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What is Chemistry?

Often referred to as the “central” science, Chemistry focuses on what happens to matter at the molecular and subatomic levels. In other words, it is the study of how virtually everything in the world really works. Students in our department receive hands-on education in our new, modern laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Many of our students also have the opportunity to conduct research projects in Canada’s only synchrotron, which is conveniently located on the U of S campus. Our dynamic undergraduate program encompasses all areas of chemistry, ranging from research on DNA and proteins to modern materials. Students can select courses that focus on all aspects of chemical science, including: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry. In the last two years of study, undergraduate chemistry students have the opportunity to conduct hands-on, personalized research projects under the direct supervision of our distinguished faculty members. Those who graduate from the four-year or honours programs automatically qualify as a professional chemist and can become members in the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

Chemistry: Is it for you?

  • The U of S is unique in having medical colleges, a full range of natural science departments, and Colleges of Agriculture & Bioresources and Engineering. Chemistry is central to the many collaborative research efforts that are occurring in interdisciplinary fields between the life sciences, agriculture and the natural sciences.
  • Faculty members in Chemistry maintain direct interaction with students throughout their program of study.
  • In the final two years of the Four-year and Honours programs, students have the opportunity to become involved in hands-on research projects under the direct supervision of faculty members. The graduate student population, research associates, postdoctoral fellows and departmental technicians also contribute to a vibrant research atmosphere.

Sample Classes

  • CHEM 242: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    The study of the structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Topics include properties of materials, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria and chemical kinetics. The laboratory provides experience with the use of physical-chemical equipment and problem solving skills.
  • CHEM 332: Inorganic Chemistry II
    An introduction to transition metal chemistry including coordination geometry and stereochemistry, ligand field theory, and spectroscopic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of inorganic compounds. The laboratory work includes experiments on the preparation and characterization of transition metal compounds.
  • CHEM 483: 4th Year Research
    A laboratory, library, theoretical or computer study under the supervision of a member of the Department. Project will be carried out throughout the final year of the program. At the end of the project the student will present both an oral and a written report summarizing the results.

Career Opportunities

  • Professional Chemist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Process Chemist
  • Research & Development Scientist
  • Intellectual Property Researcher
  • Science Policy Advisor
  • Forensic Lab Analyst
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Chemical Information Specialist
  • Paint Formulation Chemist
  • Food and Drug Analyst
  • Mining Chemist
  • University Instructional Lab Coordinator
  • Laboratory Manager

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Technical skills

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