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Chemistry and Physics (BSc)

Chemistry and Physics (BSc)

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Our Chemistry and Physics program explores the chemical and physical properties of materials with a focus on unique properties at the nanoscale.

You'll graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a solid theoretical foundation in chemistry and physics through both classroom lectures and laboratory experiments.

Program Highlights

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  • This program is experiential with experimental and computational labs in Chemistry and Physics.
  • Upper-year classes are small and there are opportunities to conduct research under faculty supervision in either Chemistry or Physics.
  • Our students are eligible for Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Understanding the properties of materials from both a Chemistry and Physics viewpoint provides you with a unique perspective.


First-Year Courses

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Waves
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Intro to Linear Algebra
  • 1.5 elective credits

For detailed information, visit Program Requirements.

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: low 90s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Chemistry, Advanced Functions, and Calculus & Vectors at 75%.
  • All required courses calculated in admission average, including English 

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.


Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to broaden your knowledge:

  • Mathematics Minor
  • Computer Science Minor
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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