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Department of Chemistry

Science A 229
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada

Chemistry Program

Why take this program?

Curiosity: If you are curious about science and enthusiastic about discovering how and why things work, a chemistry degree may be just the thing for you. Chemists ask questions at the molecular level. To enjoy studying chemistry you need to be motivated and dedicated, enjoy solving problems, and have the patience to work carefully and systematically in the laboratory. To be good at chemistry you also need to learn the discipline’s own sub-language which allows you to communicate with other chemists around the world.

Active Problem Solving: Much of the leaning in chemistry occurs when students are actively working on problems in class, tutorials or the laboratory. Problems help expose what you don’t know! An example of this problem-solving ability is being able to deduce molecular structures from spectroscopic data, a key chemistry skill that is introduced in second year. Each core (required) chemistry course includes work in the laboratory – the place to acquire practical skills and put theory into practice through active, experimental learning.

The Department of Chemistry offers various undergraduate degree programs

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry offers a solid foundation in chemistry for a technical or professional career, and for further studies at the graduate level

The five-year BSc in Applied Chemistry program (also known as the “Co-op” program) covers all of the material included in the Chemistry majors program, but is enhanced by the three four-month work terms employed within the chemical industry

All honours programs require that students complete a full-year research project (Chemistry 502), and that they maintain a minimum B+ average

What will I study in my first year?

Your first year chemistry courses cover the basics of structure and bonding, and of physical chemistry, which underpin all of the chemistry sub disciplines. Some of the topics covered will be familiar from high school, but are treated in considerably more depth than is normally encountered in high school. The first year chemistry program also includes courses in physics and in calculus which provide the basic skills required for many higher level chemistry courses

For up-to-day information on what courses you should register for, check out the Course Registration Guide.

What will I study in later years?

Beginning in second year, you’ll embark on a program which provides a solid foundation in all of the chemistry core sub-disciplines of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical/theoretical chemistry. Once this core has been completed, you’ll be able to specialize further in one or more sub-disciplines through the choice of higher level options in the final years of your program

What can I do with my degree?

Chemists have global career opportunities in areas such as the development of fuels, plastics, drugs, foods, new materials and other consumer products. Chemical research is carried out in the laboratories of academic, government , industrial and medical institutions. Graduates also find work in such diverse areas as information technology sales and marketing, education, and environmental science. A degree in chemistry can also be a stepping stone to another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry. Many of our students pursue high level degrees, and have been accepted into M.Sc and Ph.D. programs not just here at the University of Calgary, but in major Universities throughout Canada and the United States.

General Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission applicants are required to present the appropriate high school subjects and a competitive average.