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Chemistry Co-op Information for Employers

Adding Value to Your Team

Chemistry is the study of the structure and behaviour of molecules. This includes the construction of molecules with specific properties for use in areas such as pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. Students also focus on the determination of trace chemicals in the environment using techniques for separation and spectroscopic analysis and the design of new materials for the microelectronics industry.

University of Guelph Advantage

  • A national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching in chemistry
  • Award winning faculty in chemical education, electro-chemistry, toxicology, biochemistry, and spectroscopy

Our co-op process responds to your needs. Employers can post, interview and hire throughout the semester and our students are available for 4 or 8 month work terms. The Experience Guelph hiring tool makes hiring Guelph co-op students easy!

Student Strengths


A sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the chemical sub-disciplines of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry


Practical laboratory proficiency in wet bench chemistry including inorganic and organic synthesis, quantitative analysis and analytical instrumentation


Excellent communication and problem-solving skills

Chemistry Work Term Schedule








Chemistry Course Sequencing

Based on the 2023/24 undergraduate calendar. Please see the current undergraduate calendar for more information.


  • Introduction to Molecular And Cellular Biology
  • Integrated Mathematics & Physics I
  • General Chemistry I
  • 1 Liberal Education elective


  • Integrated Mathematics & Physics II
  • General Chemistry II
  • One of:
    • Discovering Biodiversity
    • Biological Concepts of Health
  • Introduction to Co-operative Education
  • Linear Algebra I


  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Structure and Bonding
  • Analytical Chemistry I
  • Applied Differential Equations
  • 1 elective


Work Term One


  • Structure and Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis
  • 2 electives


  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Chemistry of the Elements I
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • 1 elective


  • Organic Chemistry III
  • Chemistry of the Elements II
  • 3 electives/restricted Electives


Work Term Two


Work Term Three


  • 5 electives/restricted electives


Work Term Four


  • Analytical Chemistry III: Analytical Instrumentation
  • 4 electives/restricted electives
Restricted Electives

At least 1.00 credits of Liberal Education electives are required.

At least 3.00 credits are required from the 3000/4000 level as follows:

1.50 credits from:

  • Molecular Spectroscopy or Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry or Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Reactivity or Synthetic Organic Chemistry

1.50 credits from:

  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Chemistry and Industry
  • Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry
  • Metabolic Processes
  • Enzymology
  • Membrane Biochemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Reactivity
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Topics in Bio-organic Chemistry
  • Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry Research Project I
  • Chemistry Research Project II
  • Biomedical Toxicology