You + Waterloo = great chemistry.
Fire up the Bunsen burners in one of Canada’s top 10 chemistry programs. You’ll study everything from biochemistry and inorganic chemistry to polymer chemistry, nanoscience, and more.
Meanwhile, you can gain 20 months of paid work experience through Waterloo's co-op program, allowing you to explore possible career paths while earning money to help pay for your education.
If you’re eyeing a career in teaching or academia, hone your instruction skills as a teaching assistant.
Chemistry admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics (Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and/or Physics are recommended)
Admission averages: Low 80s
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How to apply
Apply to Physical Sciences and choose Chemistry as your major.
First-year Chemistry courses
September to December
January to April
After first year
Most of the classes you’ll take will be Chemistry courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Apply to Physical Sciences and select Chemistry as your major
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Chemistry
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Brewing analytical technician
- Chemical technologist
- Science tutor
- Discovery analyst (pharmacology)
- Quality assurance technician
- Pharmacist assistant
- Product developer
Sample co-op employers
- Colgate Palmolive Canada
- Labatt Ontario Breweries
- Agriculture & Agri-foods Canada
- Apotex Inc.
- Grand River Foods Ltd.
- Ontario Ministry of Environment & Climate Change
- University of British Columbia
Qualify for membership in the Chemical Institute of Canada
Offered through the Faculty of Science
Available as a major and minor
Customize your Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree
Add a specialization in Bio-based Chemistry or Computational Chemistry or include one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
What can you do with a degree in Chemistry?
Graduates with a Chemistry degree typically pursue careers in industrial research and development, bio-based materials, the food industry, pharmaceutical or agricultural companies, energy and the environment, or with universities and research institutions.
- Analytical Chemist - Apotex Pharmachem Inc.
- Chemist - GlaxoSmithKline Healthcare Inc.
- Contact Lens Integration Lead - Medella Health
- Organic Chemist - NeurAxon Inc.
- Senior Technician - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
- Instrumentation Analyst - ALS Environmental
- Product Developer - JD Sweid Foods
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in science.
Grab your lab goggles
With 20+ laboratory courses to choose from, you’ll log more than 200 hours at the bench by the end of your second year. In your final year, you’ll delve into the world of research with your own year-long project.
Get professional credentials
When you graduate, you’ll be eligible for a professional chemist membership from the Chemical Institute of Canada — and be ready to create the future of fuels, plastics, drugs, foods, and other consumer products.