Students can combine a Major in Chemistry with a great many subject areas as a Minor, or can complement a Major subject area with a Minor in Chemistry. For students entering in or after Fall 2012, the requirements for the Honours Major-Minor program with a Major in Chemistry will have undergone minor changes. The Minor in Chemistry is unchanged.
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With Major in Chemistry

Forty possible subject combinations. [Details]

The following are the requirements effective Fall 2012. Students enrolled in this program prior to Fall 2009 must continue following the older requirements in place before Fall 2009. Students enrolled in this program between Fall 2009 and Fall 2012 must follow the Fall 2009-Fall 2012 requirements.

Years 1 & 2

(52-55 credits)

Years 3 & 4

(30 credits)

  • SC/CHEM 3000 3.00 'Experimental Chemistry I' [F]
  • SC/CHEM 3001 3.00 'Experimental Chemistry II' [W]
  • 12 additional CHEM credits at the 3000 or 4000 levels (SC/CHEM 3080 4.00 'Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis' [W] is highly recommended) and at least 12 additional CHEM credits at the 4000 level, for an overall total of at least 52 credits from chemistry courses


In Addition

  1. The course requirements for the minor [Where to find these]
  2. At least 9 additional non-Chemistry science credits (see Note on eligibility, below) for a minimum total of 24, including at least 3 at the 2000 level or higher.
  3. Additional courses as needed for a minimum total of 42 credits at the 3000 and 4000 levels.
  4. Additional elective courses as needed for a minimum overall total of 120 credits.


  1. The combination of SC/BIOL 1000 3.00 and 1001 3.00 is required for those wishing to take advanced courses in the biological areas (especially courses with SC/BIOL 2021 3.00/4.00 as prerequisite) or to transfer into the Specialized Honours program in Biochemistry or into the Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry stream.
  2. Some 2000-level CHEM courses have MATH and/or PHYS pre-requisites; careful planning of course sequences is required.
  3. Courses (in other departments) that are cross-listed with Chemistry may be used to satisfy the 3000- and 4000-level CHEM elective requirements.
  4. With careful choice of courses in Arts minor subject areas, students may satisfy some or all of the FSE General Education requirements.
  5. Students taking a minor in Environmental Studies are exempted from 6 FSE General Education credits for taking ES/ENVS 1000 6.00.

With Minor in Chemistry

Forty possible subject combinations. [Details]

(30 credits)

  1. SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 'Chemical Structure' [F, W, S]
  2. SC/CHEM 1001 3.00 'Chemical Dynamics' [W, S]
  3. 24 additional credits of 2000- or higher-level CHEM courses, plus any needed prerequisites or corequisites


  1. Students must consult the Department of their chosen Major subject for other requirements.