Specialized Honours in Chemistry – Pharmaceutical & Biological Stream

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Which set of requirements should you follow?
Degree requirements change from time to time, for a number of reasons. The general philosophy when we change degree requirements is to grandfather continuing students as much as possible, and it would at the same time be inhumane to impose harsher requirements onto continuing students.

The requirements normally applying to you depend on the academic year that you first entered the Faculty of Science. The academic year starts in Fall term and ends with the following SU or S2 summer terms. Hence, if you started in Winter term or in one of the Summer terms, the academic year that applies to you is the calendar year of the previous Fall term.

An alternative available to all students is to graduate under the requirements in effect the year of graduation instead of those in effect the year of entry. If any difficulty arises after applying to graduate, please contact the Undergraduate Program Director immediately at chemupd@yorku.ca.

Sometimes, it is impossible or undesirable to follow some of the older requirements in some degree programs, often because some required courses no longer exist but also sometimes because the older requirements would impose an unfair set of demands compared to the current requirements. However, at times, following the current requirements is impossible because of previous course choices. In such cases, please contact or visit the Undergraduate Program Director at chemupd@yorku.ca to make individual arrangements that will enable graduation.

Requirements as of Fall 2012
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  • Required CHEM Courses: CHEM 1000 3.0, CHEM 1001 3.0, CHEM 2011 3.0, CHEM 2020 3.0, CHEM 2021 3.0, CHEM 2030 3.0, CHEM 2080 4.0, CHEM 3000 3.0, CHEM 3001 3.0, CHEM 3011 3.0, CHEM 3020 3.0, CHEM 3030 3.0, CHEM 3050 3.0 (also available as BCHM/BIOL 3010 3.0), BCHM/BIOL/CHEM 3051 3.0, BCHM/BIOL/CHEM 3071 3.0, CHEM 3080 4.0, CHEM 4000 8.0 (or BCHEM 4000 8.0), BCHM/CHEM 4050 3.0 (also available as BIOL 4051 3.0)
  • Other Upper-level CHEM Courses: either CHEM 3021 3.0 or BCHM/CHEM 4051 3.0 or BCHM/BIOL 3110 3.0 or BCHM/BIOL 4151 3.0, and either BCHM/CHEM 4051 3.0 (if not already taken to satisfy the previous requirement) or CHEM 4021 3.0 (which prerequires CHEM 3021 3.0) (see Note 1)
  • Required Science Breadth Courses: BIOL 1000 3.0 and 1001 3.0, BCHM/BIOL 2020 3.0 (or CHEM 2050 4.0), BCHM/BIOL 2021 3.0, BIOL 2040 3.0 and 2070 3.0, LE/EECS 1020 3.0 or 1520 3.0 or 1530 3.0 or 1540 3.0; MATH 1013 3.0 and MATH 1014 3.0 (see Note 2); PHYS 1010 6.0 or 1410 6.0 or 1420 6.0
  • Non-Science Breadth Courses: 12 credits in eligible non-science General Education courses in at least two subjects
  • Additional electives in any subject and at any level to achieve at least 120 credits in total
  • A cumulated grade point average of 5.50 over all courses

Notes:

  1. Choices that satisfy these requirements are:
    • CHEM 3021 3.0 and 4021 3.0 (suitable for those with a greater interest in Organic Synthesis related to Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
    • CHEM 3021 3.0 and 4051 3.0 (suitable for those with an equal interest in Organic Synthesis related to Pharmaceutical Chemistry as in Biological Chemistry)
    • BCHM/CHEM 4051 3.0 and either BCHM/BIOL 3110 3.0 or BCHM/BIOL 4151 3.0 (suitable for those with a greater interest in the biological aspects of Biological Chemistry)
  2. Students transferring from another program with credit in other MATH courses may be wholly or partially exempted. For instance, transferring students with credit in MATH 1505 6.0 may be exempted from MATH 1013 3.0 or from both MATH 1013 3.0 and MATH 1014 3.0, depending on the grade earned. Chemistry majors are not permitted to take MATH 1505 6.0, and should in general not take MATH courses that are credit exclusions of MATH 1013 3.0 or MATH 1014 3.0 except by permission from the Undergraduate Program Director.


Requirements in 2009-2012
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  • Required CHEM Courses: CHEM 1000 3.0, CHEM 1001 3.0, CHEM 2011 3.0, CHEM 2020 3.0, CHEM 2021 3.0, CHEM 2030 3.0, CHEM 2080 4.0, CHEM 3000 3.0, CHEM 3001 3.0, CHEM 3011 3.0, CHEM 3020 3.0, CHEM 3030 3.0, CHEM 3050 3.0 (also available as BCHM/BIOL 3010 3.0), BCHM/BIOL/CHEM 3051 3.0, BCHM/BIOL/CHEM 3071 3.0, CHEM 3080 4.0, CHEM 4000 8.0 (or BCHEM 4000 8.0), BCHM/CHEM 4050 3.0 (also available as BIOL 4051 3.0)
  • Other Upper-level CHEM Courses: either CHEM 3021 3.0 or BCHM/CHEM 4051 3.0 or BCHM/BIOL 3110 3.0 or BCHM/BIOL 4151 3.0, and either BCHM/CHEM 4051 3.0 (if not already taken to satisfy the previous requirement) or CHEM 4021 3.0 (which prerequires CHEM 3021 3.0) (see Note 1)
  • Required Science Breadth Courses: BIOL 1000 3.0 and 1001 3.0, BCHM/BIOL 2020 3.0 (or CHEM 2050 4.0), BCHM/BIOL 2021 3.0, BIOL 2040 3.0 and 2070 3.0, LE/EECS 1020 3.0 or 1520 3.0 or 1530 3.0 or 1540 3.0; MATH 1013 3.0 and MATH 1014 3.0 (see Note 2); PHYS 1010 6.0 or 1410 6.0 or 1420 6.0; additional science courses at the 1000 level to achieve a total of at least 24 1000-level science credits (see Note 3)
  • Total Science: As required, additional electives in any science subject and at any level to achieve at least 90 science credits in total
  • Non-Science Breadth Courses: 12 credits in eligible non-science General Education courses in at least two subjects
  • Additional electives in any subject and at any level to achieve at least 120 credits in total
  • A cumulated grade point average of 5.50 over all courses

Notes:

  1. Choices that satisfy these requirements are:
    • CHEM 3021 3.0 and 4021 3.0 (suitable for those with a greater interest in Organic Synthesis related to Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
    • CHEM 3021 3.0 and 4051 3.0 (suitable for those with an equal interest in Organic Synthesis related to Pharmaceutical Chemistry as in Biological Chemistry)
    • BCHM/CHEM 4051 3.0 and either BCHM/BIOL 3110 3.0 or BCHM/BIOL 4151 3.0 (suitable for those with a greater interest in the biological aspects of Biological Chemistry)
  2. Students transferring from another program with credit in other MATH courses may be wholly or partially exempted. For instance, transferring students with credit in MATH 1505 6.0 may be exempted from MATH 1013 3.0 or from both MATH 1013 3.0 and MATH 1014 3.0, depending on the grade earned. Chemistry majors are not permitted to take MATH 1505 6.0, and should in general not take MATH courses that are credit exclusions of MATH 1013 3.0 or MATH 1014 3.0 except by permission from the Undergraduate Program Director.
  3. With the exceptions below, eligible non-major science courses are those in BCHM, BIOL, BPHS, EATS, EECS (formerly CSE), ENVB, GEOG, MATH and PHYS that are not cross-listed with a CHEM course, nor a course credit exclusion with a CHEM course. Also eligible are designated science courses in PSYC and KINE, as well as STS courses that are not cross-listed with a non-science course.
    Ineligible are BIOL 1500 3.0, MATH 1510 3.0, MATH 1515 3.0, MATH 1520 3.0, PHYS 1510 4.0, all ISCI and NATS courses.


Requirements before Fall 2009
The degree requirements for the BSc degrees in place before 2009-2010 can no longer be met as such. Consult the Undergraduate Program Director on how to proceed.
How have the requirements changed over time?

  • In 2009: Summary of Changes [PDF]
  • In 2012: In a harmonization and revamping of university-wide Honours BSc degree requirements, certain changes were made that impacted this degree:
    • Science breadth: Instead of requiring 24 1000-level science credits overall, for which this degree specified 21 as well as many others above the 1000 level, the definition of science breadth was modified to require 24 credits of science outside the major (with some exclusions), of which at least 3 must be above the 1000 level, which this degree comfortably met.
    • Total science: BSc degrees no longer specify a minimum total of science credits.

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