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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.



  • 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.


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