Chemistry

Chemistry places a strong emphasis on understanding the structures and properties of atoms and molecules, and on using this understanding to interpret and predict the behaviour of matter.

Many of the concepts of physics and the methods of mathematics are basic to chemistry.

Chemistry is, in turn, of fundamental importance to many other subjects including astrophysics, biological sciences, environmental science, materials science, and medical sciences.

 

Admission Information

  • Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Materials Science, Nanoscience or Synthetic and Catalytic Chemistry
    • Apply to the Physical & Mathematical Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
    • Senior high school credit in Chemistry is required for first-year courses
    • Senior high school Physics is strongly recommended preparation for Chemistry, Chemical Physics and Synthetic and Catalytic Chemistry
    • Biology is required for Materials Science
    • Physics is required for Materials Science and Nanoscience
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits
  • Biological Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry
    • Apply to the Life Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
    • Senior high school credits in Biology and Chemistry are required for first-year courses
    • Senior high school Physics is strongly recommended preparation for first-year
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits

 

Honours Bachelor of Science Programs

  • Biological Chemistry (specialist)
  • Chemical Physics (specialist)
  • Chemistry (specialist, major and minor options)
  • Environmental Chemistry (specialist and minor options)
  • Materials Science (specialist)
  • Synthetic and Catalytic Chemistry (specialist)
  • Nanoscience (minor program offered jointly with the National University of Singapore)

 

First-Year Courses

  • CHM 135H1 – Chemistry: Physical Principles
  • CHM 136H1 – Introductory Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 151Y1 – Chemistry: The Molecular Science

 

Advice for First Year

Students can choose between two first-year options according to their intended area of specialization. CHM 151Y1 is the course that is strongly recommended for students who intend to study one of the specialist programs, or who will be including a substantial amount of chemistry in their degree, such as those following the chemistry major program. The combination of CHM 135H1 and CHM 136H1 is recommended for students who intend to take programs in the life or health sciences that do not require a large amount of chemistry. These courses may be taken in any order, and not in the same session. Take note that first year physics and/or mathematics may be required or recommended co-requisites with first year chemistry courses.

 

Careers

Chemists are employed quality control roles in such industries as:
Pharmaceutical/drug; pulp and paper Computer, telecommunications,
optics and photonics
Petroleum Food and beverage
Mining and metallurgy Fine and heavy chemical manufacturing
Plastics  

 

Chemists are also hired by federal, provincial, and municipal government agencies in the areas of: 
Education (at all levels) Mineral analysis
Public health Waste management
Forensic investigation Development of technical
and analytical information
Water and air quality protection Research and development support
for the primary industries (energy, mining,
forestry, agriculture and fisheries)

 

Some chemists write for the technical press or report for newspapers; others are involved in the publication and editing of research/scientific journals. 

Chemists may also find employment as patent agents, or they may combine their B.Sc. training with a law degree to become patent lawyers.

A career in any of the fields above may require additional technical training, graduate education and /or experience beyond the undergraduate level.  Students are advised to use the resources offered by the University of Toronto's Career Centre.

 

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