Chemistry (BSc Program)

Todd Whitcombe, Associate Professor and Chair
Chow H. Lee, Professor
Margot Mandy, Professor
Guy Plourde, Professor
Stephen Rader, Professor
Kerry Reimer, Professor
Andrea Gorrell, Associate Professor
Martha Stark, Adjunct Professor
Umesh Parshotam, Senior Lab Instructor
Daniel Erasmus, Senior Lab Instructor
Tina Bott, Senior Lab Instructor


Chemistry is the fundamental science that deals with the nature of substances and the changes occurring in them. Chemical reactions are the basis of all life. Everything we are or do depends in one way or another on chemistry. A major or minor in chemistry or minor in biochemistry prepares you for a variety of careers in industry, education, ecology, and public service, or for graduate study and research in chemistry and many related fields.

Major in Chemistry

The major in Chemistry requires students to take at least 64 credit hours of Chemistry, 36 credit hours of which must be upper-division (i.e., 300- or 400-level).

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry is 128 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

100 Level

BIOL 103-3

Introductory Biology I

BIOL 104-3

BIOL 123-1

BIOL 124-1

Introductory Biology II

Introductory Biology I Laboratory

Introductory Biology II Laboratory

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

     or CPSC 110-3

Introduction to Computer Systems and Programming

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

     or MATH 105-3

Enriched Calculus

MATH 101-3

Calculus II

PHYS 100-4

Introduction to Physics I   

    or PHYS 110-4

Introductory Physics I:  Mechanics   

    and PHYS 101-4

Introduction to Physics II

    or  PHYS 111-4

Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity

PHYS 110-4 and PHYS 111-4 are strongly recommended.


200 Level

CHEM 200-3

Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 201-3

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 202-3

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 203-3

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 204-3

Introductory Biochemistry

CHEM 210-3

Analytical Chemistry I

CHEM 250-1

Organic Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 251-1

Organic Chemistry Lab II

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra


One of :

MATH 200-3

Calculus III

MATH 371-3

Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers


Upper-Division Requirement

300 Level

CHEM 300-3

Physical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 305-3

Physical Chemistry III

CHEM 310-3

Analytical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 311-3

Analytical Chemistry III

CHEM 315-3

Physical Chemistry Lab

CHEM 320-3

Inorganic Chemistry II

     or CHEM 321-3

Inorganic Chemistry III

CHEM 322-3

Inorganic Chemistry Lab


400 Level

CHEM 401-3

Chemistry Seminar

CHEM 406-3

Advanced Laboratory I

CHEM 407-3

Advanced Laboratory II

Nine credit hours of 300- or 400-level Chemistry *

Three credit hours of 400-level Chemistry *

Up to 6 credit hours from BCMB 306-3, BCMB 307-3, BCMB 308-3, BCMB 330-3, BCMB 340-3, BCMB 401-3, BCMB 402-3, BCMB 403-3, BCMB 405-3 or BCMB 409-3 may be used to satisfy these requirements. 

*A minimum of four courses must be completed.
Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 128 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15). A maximum of three credit hours from Continuing studies may be used towards the elective credits. A total of 54 credit hours of upper-division study (300- and 400-level courses) must be successfully completed to meet degree requirements.

Course Selection

Students interested in the Chemistry program of study should select courses in their first four semesters according to the schedule below. For availability of courses at the 300 and 400 level, students should consult with the Academic Advisor in the Chemistry program.

Semester One (September)

BIOL 103-3

BIOL 123-1

CHEM 100-3

Introductory Biology I

Introductory Biology I Laboratory

General Chemistry I

CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

     or CPSC 110-3

Introduction to Computer Systems and Programming

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

PHYS 110-4

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics


Semester Two (January)

BIOL 104-3

BIOL 124-1

CHEM 101-3

Introductory Biology II

Introductory Biology II Laboratory

General Chemistry II

CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II

MATH 101-3

Calculus II

PHYS 111-4

Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity


Humanities, Social Sciences, or other course from appropriate quadrants

Semester Three (September)

CHEM 200-3

Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 201-3

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 210-3

Analytical Chemistry I

CHEM 250-1

Organic Chemistry Lab I


Humanities, Social Sciences, or other course from appropriate quadrants
Three (3) Math or elective credits

Semester Four (Winter)

CHEM 202-3

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 203-3

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 204-3

Introductory Biochemistry

CHEM 251-1

Organic Chemistry Lab II

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra

Three (3) Math or elective credits

BSc Honours - Chemistry

The BSc Honours in Chemistry offers students a higher level of education and research experience.  It is particularly suitable for students intending to proceed to postgraduate studies. 

Admission to the Honours program takes place after the completion of 60 credit hours and requires a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33.  Attaining the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission to the Honours program which is at the discretion of the Chemistry Program and contingent upon the availability of a faculty member to supervise the undergraduate thesis. To remain in the Honours program, students must maintain a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33.  All Honours students must complete an undergraduate thesis under the direct supervision of a faculty member. 

Students are required to complete 134 credit hours, six of which are the undergraduate thesis, and to satisfy the requirements of the major in Chemistry.

Joint Major in Chemistry/Computer Science

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a Joint Major in Chemistry and Computer Science is 126 credit hours.

MATH 342-3 (Biostatistics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics or Computer Science major, minor, or joint major.

MATH 150-3 (Finite Mathematics for Business andEconomics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics or Computer Science major or joint major.

Program Requirements

Literacy Requirement

One of:

ENGL 170-3

Writing and Communication Skills

ENGL 270-3

Expository Writing

Lower-Division Requirement

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II

CHEM 200-3

Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 201-3

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 202-3

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 203-3

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 210-3

Analytical Chemistry I

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

CPSC 101-4

Computer Programming II

CPSC 141-3

Discrete Computational Mathematics

CPSC 200-3

Algorithm Analysis and Development

CPSC 230-4

Introduction to Logic Design

CPSC 231-4

Computer Organization and Architecture

CPSC 242-3

Mathematical Topics for Computer Science

CPSC 281-3

Data Structures I

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

     or MATH 105-3

Enriched Calculus

MATH 101-3

Calculus II

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra


Upper-Division Requirement

Chemistry

CHEM 300-3

Physical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 305-3

Physical Chemistry III

CHEM 310-3

Analytical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 311-3

Analytical Chemistry III

CHEM 320-3

Inorganic Chemistry II

     or CHEM 321-3

Inorganic Chemistry III

Fifteen credit hours of 300- or 400-level Chemistry *

Up to 6 credit hours from BCMB 306-3, BCMB 307-3, BCMB 308-3, BCMB 330-3, BCMB 340-3, BCMB 401-3, BCMB 402-3, BCMB 403-3, BCMB 405-3 or BCMB 409-3 may be used to satisfy these requirements.

Computer Science

CPSC 320-3

Programming Languages

CPSC 321-3

Operating Systems

CPSC 370-3

Functional and Logic Programming

Six credit hours of 300- or 400-level Computer Science *
Six credit hours of 400-level Computer Science (excluding the seminar, project, and special topics courses).

*Between the two disciplines, a minimum of 15 credit hours a the 400 level must be completed.

One of:

MATH 335-3

Numerical Analysis I

MATH 371-3

Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 126 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Joint Major in Chemistry/Mathematics

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a Joint Major in Chemistry and Mathematics is 125 credit hours.

MATH 342-3 (Biostatistics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics major, minor, or joint major.

MATH 150-3 (Finite Mathematics for Business and Economics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics major or joint major.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II

CHEM 200-3

Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 201-3

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 202-3

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 203-3

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 210-3

Analytical Chemistry I

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

     or MATH 105-3

Enriched Calculus

MATH 101-3

Calculus II

MATH 200-3

Calculus III

MATH 201-3

Introduction to Complex Analysis

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra

MATH 230-3

Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems

PHYS 110-4

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

PHYS 111-4

Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity

Upper-Division Requirement

Chemistry

CHEM 300-3

Physical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 305-3

Physical Chemistry III

CHEM 310-3

Analytical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 311-3

Analytical Chemistry III

CHEM 320-3

Inorganic Chemistry II

     or CHEM 321-3

Inorganic Chemistry III

Nine credit hours of 300- or 400-level Chemistry *

Six credit hours of 400-level Chemistry

Up to 6 credit hours from BCMB 306-3, BCMB 307-3, BCMB 308-3, BCMB 330-3, BCMB 340-3, BCMB 401-3, BCMB 402-3, BCMB 403-3, BCMB 405-3 or BCMB 409-3 may be used to satisfy these requirements.

Mathematics

MATH 320-3

Survey of Algebra

MATH 326-3

Advanced Linear Algebra

MATH 335-3

Numerical Analysis I

MATH 371-3

Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

Six credit hours of 300- or 400-level Mathematics

Six credit hours of 400-level Mathematics *

* Between the two disciplines, a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 400 level must be completed.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 125 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Joint Major in Chemistry/Physics

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a Joint Major in Chemistry and Physics is 126 credit hours.

PHYS 307-3 (Selected Topics in Environmental Physics) may not be used as Physics credit toward any Physics major, minor, or joint major.

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II

CHEM 200-3

Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 201-3

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 202-3

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 203-3

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 210-3

Analytical Chemistry I

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

     or MATH 105-3

Enriched Calculus

MATH 101-3

Calculus II

MATH 200-3

Calculus III

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra

MATH 230-3

Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems

PHYS 110-4

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

PHYS 111-4

Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity

PHYS 200-3

Thermal Physics

PHYS 202-4

Electromagnetism and Optics

PHYS 205-3

Modern Physics I


Upper-Division Requirement

CHEM 300-3

Physical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 305-3

Physical Chemistry III

CHEM 310-3

Analytical Chemistry II

     or CHEM 311-3

Analytical Chemistry III

CHEM 320-3

Inorganic Chemistry II

     or CHEM 321-3

Inorganic Chemistry III

CHEM 315-3

Physical Chemistry Lab

Six credit hours of 300- or 400-level Chemistry *
Six credit hours of 400-level Chemistry *
* Up to 6 credit hours from BCMB 306-3, BCMB 307-3, BCMB 308-3, BCMB 330-3, BCMB 340-3, BCMB 401-3, BCMB 402-3, BCMB 403-3, BCMB 405-3 or BCMB 409-3 may be used to satisfy these upper-division Chemistry requirements.

MATH 336-3

Intermediate Differential Equations 

PHYS 300-3

Classical Mechanics

PHYS 302-3

Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 404-3

Solid State Physics

PHYS 351-3

Optics and Photonics I

Three credit hours of 300- or 400-level Physics Six credit hours of 400-level Physics

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 126 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).


Minor in Chemistry

The minor in Chemistry is designed to provide students with a solid grounding and a core of study in one or more of the subdisciplines of Chemistry. Thus, some flexibility is permitted in satisfying the requirements for a minor. Students have the option to study a range of subdisciplines at the 300 level while counting the 200 level prerequisites toward the minor or to focus on particular subdisciplines through to the 400 level. A maximum of six courses (14 credit hours) of the 100- and 200-level courses used to fulfill requirements for a major (or another minor) may also be used toward a minor in Chemistry. 

The minimum requirement for completion of the minor in Chemistry is 29 credit hours.

100 Level

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II


200 Level

At least nine credit hours from:

CHEM 200-3

Physical Chemistry I

CHEM 201-3*

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 202-3

Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 203-3*

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 204-3*

Introductory Biochemistry

CHEM 210-3

Analytical Chemistry I

CHEM 250-1

Organic Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 251-1

Organic Chemistry Lab II


*Note:  Selections made should incorporate prerequisites for intended upper division courses.

300 and 400 Level

At least 12 credit hours from:

BCMB 306-3Intermediary Metabolism *
BCMB 307-3Proteins *
BCMB 308-3Biochemistry Lab II *
Basic Science of Oncology *
Macromolecular Structure *
Advanced Nucleic Acids *
Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology *
Enzymology *
CHEM 300-3Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 301-3Advanced Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 302-4Environmental Chemistry I
CHEM 303-3Quantum Chemistry
CHEM 304-3Advanced Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 305-3Physical Chemistry III
CHEM 310-3Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 311-3Analytical Chemistry III
CHEM 312-3Organic Chemistry Lab III
CHEM 315-3Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 320-3Inorganic Chemistry II
CHEM 321-3Inorganic Chemistry III
CHEM 322-3Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 400-3Topics in Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 402-3Topics in Organic Chemistry
CHEM 403-3Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 404-3Topics in Physical Chemistry
CHEM 405-3Topics in Biochemistry
CHEM 408-3
Environmental Chemistry II
* Up to 6 credit hours from BCMB 306-3, BCMB 307-3, BCMB 308-3, BCMB 330-3, BCMB 340-3, BCMB 401-3, BCMB 402-3, BCMB 403-3, BCMB 405-3 or BCMB 409-3 may be used toward a minor in Chemistry.