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 Fall 2009 but before 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. [Summary of Recent Changes]

With Major in Chemistry

Forty possible subject combinations. [Details]

The following are the requirements effective Fall 2009 to 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 in Fall 2012 or later must follow the newer requirements in place as of Fall 2012.

Years 1 & 2

(52-55 credits)

  • Chemistry Program Core
  • at least three credits from
    • SC/BIOL 1010 6.00 'Biological Science' [Y] (or SC/BIOL 1000 3.00 'Biology I - Cells, Molecular Biology and Genetics' [F,S])
    • SC/EATS 1010 3.00 'The Dynamic Earth and Space Geodesy' [F]
    • SC/EATS 1011 3.00 'Introduction to Atmospheric Science' [W]
    • SC/MATH 1025 3.00 'Applied Linear Algebra' [F,W]
    • or from other 1000-level science courses required for the minor

Years 3 & 4

(30 credits)

  • SC/CHEM 3000 3.00 'Experimental Chemistry I' [F]
  • SC/CHEM 3001 3.00 'Experimental Chemistry II' [W]
  • 15 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 9 additional CHEM credits at the 4000 level

 In Addition

  • Additional CHEM courses as needed for a minimum total of 55 CHEM credits (the above specifies 52 CHEM credits).
  • The course requirements for the minor [Where to find these]
  • Additional 1000-level SC credits as needed for a minimum total of 24 1000-level SC credits. SC/CHEM 1500 4.0, SC/CHEM 1550 3.0, SC/MATH 1510 6.0, SC/MATH 1515 3.0 and all NATS courses are ineligible. See notes.
  • Additional courses as needed for a minimum total of 42 credits at the 3000 and 4000 levels.
  • Additional SC courses as needed for a minimum total of 90 SC credits.
  • Additional courses as needed for a minimum overall total of 120 credits.


  • Since Summer 2011, SC/BIOL 1010 6.00 has been replaced by the combination of SC/BIOL 1000 3.00 and 1001 3.00. Either version 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.
  • Some 2000-level CHEM courses have MATH and/or PHYS pre-requisites; careful planning of course sequences is required.
  • Courses (in other departments) that are cross-listed with Chemistry may be used to satisfy the 3000- and 4000-level CHEM elective requirements.
  • With careful choice of courses in Arts minor subject areas, students may satisfy some or all of the FSE General Education requirements.
  • 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)

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


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