The Chemistry Major is intended to give students exposure to all areas of chemistry, as well as a solid grounding in general education and a community learning focus. The program also encompasses an optional concentration: Analytical Biochemistry with a strong focus on preparing students for future research or careers in biochemistry laboratories. This major has a strong experiential learning component, both in terms of course-based lab experiences and in Community Service Learning (CSL). These CSL-rich courses are one of the defining features of the program. They promote team-based approaches as learners engage with questions pertinent to their communities. The intention is to provide junior students with research experiences early in their academic careers, while senior students apply their subject matter expertise in a more advanced role. This ‘real-world’ team-based problem solving will help prepare learners for the types of projects they will face in their future careers.
Required core courses
All Chemistry students must take the following 16 core courses.
Ten courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Science - Chemistry.
Four courses will be taken at the foundational level: one from each of the thematic clusters.
Three courses will be taken at the second tier: BSc students will make their Tier 2 selections from clusters other than Numeracy and Scientific Literacy.
Three courses must be taken at the third tier, selected from at least two of the thematic clusters.
For course information visit the General Education section of this calendar. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before registering for a course.
Concentration in Analytical Biochemistry
The Analytical Biochemistry concentration in the B.Sc. in Chemistry is a novel program that straddles the disciplines of analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Students will develop valuable analytical chemistry skills in the context of biochemistry and biology. This concentration will take full advantage of the community service learning opportunities integrated into the B.Sc. Chemistry degree. The skills and experiences that students will gain from this concentration will be of great value regardless of students’ future plans.
The General Chemistry option in the B.Sc. in Chemistry covers the wide range of topics found in traditional degrees. This breadth of subjects provides students with a broad range of valuable knowledge and skills. Through the use of approved options, students will be able to customize this program to suit their interests. Finally, integrated community service learning gives students valuable experience in applying classroom learning towards answering problems and concerns of external community partners.