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Applications for admission into any degree program are administered by the Office of Admissions. The Chemistry department can only provide very limited guidance in the admissions process.
Please note that the following information is supplied for informational purposes only and applies to Ontario high-school graduates. Applicants from other jurisdictions, special applicants, mature students, etc., are invited to consult the Office of Admissions website for information on process and eligibility for admission.
Both the General and Specific high-school-level requirements need to be met.
General Requirements for all programs, as of 2008:
- the OSSD
- six 4U or 4M courses, including ENG4U (or, for applicants from French-language schools, either FRA4U, FEF4U or FIF4U)
- at least one 4U or 4M course from ONE of the following disciplines: Canadian & World Studies, Classical Studies & International Languages, French, Math, Social Sciences & Humanities, or Native Studies
Specific Requirements: SCH4U, MHF4U and MCV4U for Chemistry, with SBI4U for Biochemistry. SPH4U is highly recommended for both. Note that MHF4U is a pre- or corequisite to MCV4U.
New students are automatically assessed for their eligibility for Entrance Scholarships. You may need to apply for other scholarships and bursaries. Consult the Scholarships page for details.
Students coming from other institutions automatically have their transcripts assessed for transfer credits appropriate to their chosen York degree program as to number, exemptions, level and course credit exclusions that are relevant to the chosen program. This is contained in a letter sent to newly admitted students coming by transfer. If you later change degree program subjects (e.g. Biology to Chemistry), you may ask the Office of Admissions - Transfer Credit Section for a reassessment, as the relevance of your previous courses will have changed.
How to proceed
To proceed, first visit the Admissions website for all information pertaining to admission requirements, transferring credits from another university, tuition costs, scholarships, financial aid, as well as for information on the campus, on student life, campus services, etc.
Then, to apply, go to the Application area of the Admissions website. Depending on whether you're applying from in-province or from out-of-province, for September, January or May admission, as a regular student or a visiting student, different procedures and deadlines apply, and different documents are needed.
After getting admitted to a Chemistry or Biochemistry program, you can get advice on course selections.
- If you are transferring from a college or from another university with credits for Chemistry and/or Biochemistry courses already taken elsewhere, or if you are a visiting or exchange student, you can book an individual Advising Session with the department.
- If you are a new first-year student or if you have no transfer credits for first-year Chemistry and/or Biochemistry courses taken elsewhere, the Science Academic Services staff will advise you on first-year course selections, for which you will need to book an appointment.