Specialized Honours in Chemistry

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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 2050 4.0 (see Note 1), CHEM 2080 4.0, CHEM 3000 3.0, CHEM 3001 3.0, CHEM 3010 3.0, CHEM 3020 3.0, CHEM 3030 3.0, CHEM 3080 4.0 and CHEM 4000 8.0
  • Upper-level CHEM Courses: at least 18 other CHEM credits at the 3000 or 4000 levels to include at least 9 at the 4000 level (see Note 2)
  • Science Breadth Courses: 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 3); PHYS 1010 6.0 or 1410 6.0 or 1420 6.0; 9 other non-CHEM science credits to include at least 3 above the 1000 level (see Note 4)
  • 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. Students transferring from another program with credit in both BCHM/BIOL 2020 3.0 and BIOL 2070 3.0 are exempted from taking CHEM 2050 4.0. Students with credit in one but not the other should consult the Undergraduate Program Director on how to proceed. Except for one degree program, Chemistry majors are not normally permitted to take those courses.
  2. Depending on 4000-level course selections, some additional 3000-level prerequisites may be needed above the minimum requirement; those taken in excess of the minimum will usefully contribute toward the total upper-year credits required.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, most ISCI courses (i.e. those that are course credit exclusions with required courses) and all NATS courses.


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 2050 4.0 (see Note 1), CHEM 2080 4.0, CHEM 3000 3.0, CHEM 3001 3.0, CHEM 3010 3.0, CHEM 3020 3.0, CHEM 3030 3.0, CHEM 3080 4.0 and CHEM 4000 8.0
  • Upper-level CHEM Courses: at least 18 other CHEM credits at the 3000 or 4000 levels to include at least 9 at the 4000 level (see Note 2)
  • Science Breadth Courses: LE/EECS (formerly LE/CSE) 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 3); 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 4)
  • 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. Students transferring from another program with credit in both BCHM/BIOL 2020 3.0 and BIOL 2070 3.0 are exempted from taking CHEM 2050 4.0. Students with credit in one but not the other should consult the Undergraduate Program Director on how to proceed. Except for one degree program, Chemistry majors are not normally permitted to take those courses.
  2. Depending on 4000-level course selections, some additional 3000-level prerequisites may be needed above the minimum requirement; those taken in excess of the minimum will usefully contribute toward the total upper-year credits required.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, most ISCI courses (i.e. those that are course credit exclusions with required courses) and all NATS courses.


Requirements before Fall 2009
The requirements in place before 2009-2010 for this degree 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:
    • Fourth-year major requirement: Honours BSc degrees now require a minimum total of 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.
    • Science breadth: Instead of requiring 24 1000-level science credits overall, 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. Degree programs such as this one already required 15 credits of particular non-CHEM courses. As well, science courses were no longer restricted to those with SC prefixes offered by the Faculty of Science, but also included certain courses offered by Lassonde, Environmental Studies and Health.
    • Total science: BSc degrees no longer require a minimum total of science credits.
  • In 2012: Degree programs such as this one already required 15 credits of particular non-CHEM courses, along with at least 3 credits from a limited set of other non-CHEM credits. That latter requirement was dropped in favour of more freedom of choice and ease of transferability between degree programs.

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