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Chemistry (BSc)


 waterloo

Chemistry is the study of the complex molecular world and chemical research has produced innovations in agriculture, industry, health care and consumer goods.

In our Chemistry program, you'll learn to develop processes and products, and gain insight to how these are shaped by environmental, cultural and economic issues.  


Program Highlights

  • There are many opportunities for you to interact with faculty and other students in the classroom and lab, and conduct research under faculty supervision, throughout your studies.
  • Modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, such as NMR and HPLC, are available to students engaged in research.
  • Our students are eligible for Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Take this program in combination with Physics to focus on materials and nanoscience where you learn how to tailor the essential structures of materials at the nanoscale to achieve specific properties.

Sample Courses

  • Modern Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Structure Elucidation
  • Environmental Aquatic and Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Polymers and Soft Matter
  • Introduction to Modern Materials
  • Organometallic Chemistry

Requirements

  • Minimum admission range of mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range of mid 80s.
  • Advanced Functions and English each at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 70%.
  • Chemistry and Mathematics requires Calculus and Vectors at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • HL or SL Chemistry at 4.
  • For Chemistry and Biology, HL or SL English, Chemistry and Math at 3. Biology at 4.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Find equivalent requirements for additional curriculums in the admissions toolkits

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Entrepreneurship Core Option
  • Management Option
  • Sustainability Option
  • concentration in Bio-organic Chemistry, Materials and Applied Physical Chemistry, or Environmental Chemistry
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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