A Few Recommendations on Courses

Second-year and Upper-year Science Options

As of F12, all BSc students are required to complete at least 3 credits of science courses outside their major above the 1000 level. Such courses must truly be outside the major and so cannot be cross-listed with a chemistry course. The Specialized Honours Chemistry stream in Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry degree, the Honours Major-Minor with a science minor, the Honours Double Major and Biochemistry course requirements already address this degree requirement, but the other Chemistry degrees do not. The affected students may then consider some options:

in Biology

If considering a 2000-level biology course, be mindful that, unless their degree requires them, Chemistry majors are not allowed to enroll in BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2070, except with permission of the Chemistry Undergraduate Program Director. They should also know that CHEM 2050 serves as a prerequisite to BIOL 2021. With the exception of the statistics course BIOL 2060 (see below), all require first-year biology.

in Physics

One of the physics courses SC/PHYS 2020 3.00 or SC/PHYS 2060 3.0, together with laboratory SC/PHYS 2211 1.00 (formerly SC/PHYS 2210 1.0), would be desirable because they provide basic knowledge in either electromagnetism or optics useful for understanding the operation of spectroscopic and other analytical equipment.

in Mathematics

Students with a leaning towards physical or atmospheric chemistry should consider taking SC/MATH 2015 3.00 (or equivalent) and/or SC/MATH 2270 3.00 in their second year to improve and deepen their mathematical background. One of these is part of the Materials Chemistry option.

in Statistics

Students that have not completed first-year biology but who have completed the first-year MATH and EECS requirements may consider SC/BIOL 2060 3.0 (Statistics for Biologists) to deepen their knowledge of statistics. The equivalent second-year courses in MATH and PSYC have first-year prerequisites that must be completed first.

in Science and Technology Studies

Courses in this area cover a broad range of topics of wide interest. They start in second year and, across all years, the majority have no prerequisites. They can thus be useful in helping to simultaneously fulfill the upper-year requirement.*

in Kinesiology

Many KINE courses qualify for science credit (those that do not indicate this in the course descriptions). Of frequent interest to students, especially those preparing for professional programs in the health sciences, are KINE 2011 (Human Physiology I) and KINE 2031 (Human Anatomy), which have no prerequisites. Note that some upper-year KINE courses (such as KINE 3000 – Psychology of Physical Activity and Health) also have no prerequisites and, whether or not they qualify for science credit, can serve to meet the BSc upper-year requirement.*

in other subjects

There are a large number of non-chemistry science courses above first year that cannot possibly be all listed here. This includes EECS, ENVS, KINE and PSYC courses, as well as those offered by the Faculty of Science. Students considering them need to be mindful of prerequisites and of the facts that some restrict enrollments to majors, some specify co-requisites, and some specify a minimum grade in prerequisite courses.

    *Upper-year requirement: 42 credits of 3000- and 4000-level courses across all subjects for Honours degrees, or 18 such credits for the 3-year BSc degree. Students in the Honours Major degree will need to be mindful of this requirement, as will the Honours Major-Minor degrees if the minor does not itself require a sufficient number of upper-year courses. The course requirements of the other degrees already meet the upper-year requirement.

Third-year Analytical Chemistry

SC/CHEM 3080 4.00 (Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis) is required for both Specialized Honours programs, as well as for the 3-year Analytical Chemistry option. Students in other programs, particularly those doing a 3-year BSc Degree, should note that SC/CHEM 3080 4.00 is highly recommended and that the practical experience gained in this course is likely to prove of value in seeking employment in industry.

Bioanalytical Chemistry

Available as either SC/CHEM 4050 3.00 or SC/BCHM 4050 3.00 or SC/BIOL 4051 3.0, currently in Fall and Winter terms.

  • If you need to take Bioanalytical Chemistry as part of your degree program, then the prerequisite courses are also part of your program.
  • If you wish to take Bioanalytical Chemistry as an elective, you will need SC/CHEM 2050 4.00 or SC/BIOL 2020 3.0 (= SC/BCHM 2020 3.0) and you will also need SC/BIOL 2021 3.0 (= SC/BCHM 2021 3.0) and SC/BIOL 2070 3.0 but this also pre-requires SC/BIOL 1000 3.0 and SC/BIOL 1001 3.0. Therefore,
  • To take Bioanalytical Chemistry in your third year, you should take:
    • for those in Biochemistry or the Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry stream, the preferred sequence is SC/BIOL 1000 3.0 and SC/BIOL 1001 3.0 in your first year, then SC/BCHM/BIOL 2020 3.0 (Fall) and SC/BCHM/BIOL 2021 3.0 (Winter) and SC/BIOL 2070 3.0 (any term) in your second year, or
    • for other majors, SC/BIOL 1000 3.0 and SC/BIOL 1001 3.0 in your first year, SC/CHEM 2050 4.0 (Winter) in your second year and SC/BCHM/BIOL 2021 3.0 in the following Summer term as well as and SC/BIOL 2070 3.0 (any term).
  • To take Bioanalytical Chemistry in your fourth year, you could space the prerequisites out over the first three years.

However, Bioanalytical Chemistry may not be available every year. If you plan on taking it as an elective, the safest plan is to be in a position to take it in your third year (with the possibility of delaying it to your fourth year), in which case you should plan on taking all prerequisites prior to your third year.