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Chemistry

Gain a deeper understanding of why chemical reactions are the basis of all life as everything we are or do depends in one way or another on chemistry. Learn to interpret and predict the behaviour of matter as it relates to the world around us.

Prepare for a rewarding career in the private sector, industry, academia, government or continue your studies at the graduate level.

Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Campus
Prince George
Credits
128 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Faculty Supervised Research,  Study Abroad,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option
Yes
Intakes
Jan,  May,  Sep

Program Details

Chemistry is a fundamental science dealing with the nature of substances and the changes they undergo. Considered the “central science,” you will take courses in organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry along with math, physics and biology. 

Choose from a number of joint majors, specialized study areas, and options for minors that facilitate deeper study.

Our co-operative education program allows you to earn while you learn and gain valuable, practical experience.

Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Veterinarian
  • Pharmacist
  • Chemist
  • Research scientist
  • Education
A chemistry degree prepares you for a variety of careers in industry (pulp and paper, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, pharmaceutical, environmental), education, ecology, public service or for graduate studies and research in chemistry or other related fields.

It provides a solid foundation to apply to medical school, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and other health-related disciplines.

Why at UNBC

  • Chemistry reaches the stars; it is foundational to research ranging from compounds on the moons of Saturn to environmental issues on planet Earth
  • Engage in classroom and experiential learning opportunities involving teamwork, creativity and intellectual rigorousness
  • Specialize in sub-disciplines such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry
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'En Cha Huná

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Admission Requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 65% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)

Other requirements: Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy & Physiology 12**; Physics 11
**Anatomy & Physiology 12 can be counted as one of the Approved Academic Grade 12 courses.

Domestic Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

International Admission Requirements

International Student Requirements

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,645 $22,460
Student Fees* $1,000 $1,690
Books* $1,600 $1,600

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid Information for Indigenous Students

We Are Here to Help

This is your personal guide through every step of the admissions process. We are here for one reason: to support you. We help every part of the admissions process make sense. Just ask us.

Email: futurestudents@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6306

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