A Message from the Chair
The field of Chemistry continues to flourish, and to grow into new areas. Our Department continues to respond with innovative degree programs — programs that are relevant, interesting and challenging — to enable you to take advantage of the increasing opportunities after graduation. Two of the newer degrees, the stream in Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry and the degree in Biochemistry, have become tremendously popular. Our biological side is just one of our areas of development: We also offer optional course sequences focusing on Materials Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry, both industrially important areas, as well as several other degrees. Whatever your choice may be, our degree programs are a great preparation for a variety of careers in education, government and industry, for graduate studies and research, or for entry into medical, dental, law, business and other professional schools.
Our ambition is to provide you with an education which reaches beyond the classroom. One example is our very popular fourth-year Research Project course, where students interact personally with their supervisors and participate in their forefront research in their labs. You can peruse the profiles of our faculty members and their research activities on our website. Many of our students also experience summer or part-time employment in our research laboratories, while others enjoy internships in industries or participate in student-exchange or international internship programs.
As Chair of this Department, let me offer you my help in making yours the most rewarding and enriching undergraduate experience you can get anywhere. The staff of the Chemistry Office and the Chemistry faculty members are available for advice and help.
Chemistry continues to captivate students and faculty alike. I invite you to make full use of what we offer!
Don Hastie, Chair
As part of the Chemistry Department's commitment to offering useful and high-quality degrees, our programs are continually evolving. Coming soon are new degrees in Biochemistry and new hands-on courses taken at Seneca College that will count for York credit. As well, we continue to support the growth of our Co-op program and have worked with the Lassonde School of Engineering to design and implement a unique course designed for engineering students. Meanwhile, we are learning to teach differently and better, and we have hired new Assistant Lecturers to lead us through this transformation. All of these developments continue to speak to our commitment to delivering a quality experience for all students.
We recognize that students often come to university not knowing exactly what they want from their university experience. In the spirit of greater flexibility, we are pleased that all Chemistry degrees now feature the same requirements in the first two years of study, to facilitate transfers between degree programs. We are also pleased that the university has enacted this year three new rules that will greatly enhance the outcomes and experience of university for many students.
Part of my job is to provide you with the most complete information on our programs and offerings, through the web site and this Handbook. I welcome constructive criticisms and suggestions on how we can improve any aspect of the undergraduate experience, so feel free to visit or to email me with your ideas or concerns. Have a successful and productive year!
P. G. Potvin, Undergraduate Program Director