Chemistry Major

Chemistry (CHEM)

Admission Requirements

The Matter of the World Around Us

 Build a Strong Scientific Foundation

Students will gain analytical and practical skills spanning the dynamic field of chemistry, coupled with learning in a state-of-the-art facility, preparing them for careers or more learning after graduation.

 Learn From the Experts

Internationally renowned, award-winning faculty are always eager to discuss course material one-on-one with students. Learning centres are staffed by teaching assistants to help students with course and lab material.

 Deepen Your Chemistry Knowledge

Focus on organic and inorganic synthesis as well as analytical, physical and theoretical chemistry, in addition to learning the environmental and health implications of scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Why Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the structure and behavior of molecules. This includes the construction of molecules with specific properties for use in areas such as pharmaceuticals and the nuclear industry. You will also focus on the determination trace chemicals in the environment using specialized techniques for analysis and the design of new materials for the microelectronics industry.

Students in the CHEM program may also be interested in studying Biochemistry, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biological and Medical Physics, Physical Science, Physics, Theoretical Physics, or other majors.

CHEM Course Calendar

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I chose the University of Guelph because I knew about its esteemed reputation as a science-based school. The programs the university carries were exactly what I was looking for as a senior in high school. Not to mention the campus is absolutely beautiful. My favourite thing about the University of Guelph has to be the comfortable atmosphere. I love how they make sure your transition into university is as effortlessly as possible, providing you with unlimited amounts of resources and guidance. The faculty at Guelph are also extremely helpful to their students, and the food at the university is the best there is.

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Chemistry co-op is a four and a half-year program, which includes four work terms. This co-op prepares students for their work terms by helping them develop professional attitudes and skills expected in the workplace as well as helping to build a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills.

CHEM Co-op Calendar


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