X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Chemistry (CHEM)

Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Major (Honours Program)

Students may enter this major in Semester 1 or any semester thereafter. A student wishing to declare the major may wish to consult the Faculty Advisor. The major will require the completion of 20.00 credits as indicated below:

Semester 1
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
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
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
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
CHEM*2060 [0.50] Structure and Bonding
MATH*2270 [0.50] Applied Differential Equations
1.00 electives* or restricted electives**
Semester 4
CHEM*2070 [0.50] Structure and Spectroscopy
CHEM*2400 [0.75] Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM*2700 [0.50] Organic Chemistry I
Electives to a maximum of 2.75 total credits in this semester *
Semester 5
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 or restricted electives *
Semester 6
CHEM*3430 [0.50] Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis
CHEM*3650 [0.50] Chemistry of the Elements II
CHEM*3760 [0.50] Organic Chemistry III
1.00 electives* or restricted electives**
Semester 7 and 8
CHEM*3440 [0.50] Analytical Chemistry III: Analytical Instrumentation
3.00 Chemistry or Biochemistry**
1.50 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, (BIOC*4050 or MCB*4050), MCB*4080, TOX*4590


  1. Some of these courses may have to be taken in Semester 6.

  2. 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.

Credit Summary (20.00 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.

Of the total credits required, students are required to complete 16.00 credits in science of which 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Minor (Honours Program)

A minor in Chemistry consists of at least 5.00 credits including the following courses:

CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II

Of the additional 4.00 credits, students will select Chemistry courses (CHEM) at the 2000 level or above including a minimum of 1.00 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level. BIOC*2580 can be counted towards this specialization

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