X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Chemistry (Co-op) (CHEM:C)

Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Chemistry is a four and a half year program including four work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term, and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Chemistry Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2


2 Academic Semester 3

COOP*1000 Work Term I

Academic Semester 4

3 COOP*2000 Work Term II Academic Semester 5 COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 Academic Semester 7 COOP*4000 Work Term IV
5 Academic Semester 8 N/A N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (21.50 Total Credits)*

4.50 - First year science credits

7.25 - Required science courses semesters 3 – 8

3.00 - Restricted electives (#1 and 2 in restricted electives list)

1.25 – Approved science electives

1.00 - Liberal Education electives

3.00 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. students.

1.50 - Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of three Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fourth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 22.00.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1 - Fall
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
IPS*1500 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics I
0.50 Liberal Education electives
Students who are lacking one 4U /grade 12 course in Biology, Chemistry or Physics must take the equivalent introductory course in first semester. The required first-year science courses in that subject should be completed according to the revised schedule of studies available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS
Semester 2 - Winter
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
IPS*1510 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
MATH*1160 [0.50] Linear Algebra I
One of
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
Semester 3 - Fall
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
CHEM*2060 [0.50] Structure and Bonding
CHEM*2400 [0.75] Analytical Chemistry I
MATH*2270 [0.50] Applied Differential Equations
Electives to a maximum of 2.75 total credits in this semester *
Winter Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Semester 4 - Summer
CHEM*2070 [0.50] Structure and Spectroscopy
CHEM*2700 [0.50] Organic Chemistry I
CHEM*3430 [0.50] Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis
1.00 electives *
Semester 5 - Fall
CHEM*2820 [0.50] Thermodynamics and Kinetics
CHEM*3640 [0.50] Chemistry of the Elements I
CHEM*3750 [0.50] Organic Chemistry II
CHEM*3860 [0.50] Quantum Chemistry
0.50 electives *
Semester 6 - Winter
CHEM*3650 [0.50] Chemistry of the Elements II
CHEM*3760 [0.50] Organic Chemistry III
1.50 electives* or restricted electives**
Summer Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Fall Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 7 - Winter
2.50 electives* or restricted electives**
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Semester 8 - Fall
CHEM*3440 [0.50] Analytical Chemistry III: Analytical Instrumentation
2.00 electives* or restricted electives**

* selection of electives is subject to the following:

  1. At least 1.00 credits of Liberal Education electives are required. The list of Liberal Education electives for B.Sc. students can be found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/

  2. Approval of the Faculty Advisor must be obtained for the selection of courses not listed as restrictive electives.

  3. Options for an "Area of Focus" or a minor are available. Subject areas include Biochemistry, Computing and Information Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics. Please consult with your Faculty Advisor for more detail.

** 3.00 credits from the 3000/4000 level as follows:

  1. 1.50 comprising of (CHEM*3870 or CHEM*4880), (CHEM*4620 or CHEM*4630), (CHEM*4720 or CHEM*4730)

  2. 1.50 chosen from CHEM*3870, CHEM*4010, CHEM*4400, BIOC*4520, BIOC*4540, BIOC*4580, CHEM*4620, CHEM*4630, CHEM*4720, CHEM*4730, CHEM*4740, CHEM*4880, CHEM*4900, CHEM*4910, MCB*4050, MCB*4080, TOX*4590


Some of these courses are offered only in alternate years, and some have additional prerequisites for which the student must plan ahead, with the assistance of the faculty advisor.

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