You + Waterloo = great chemistry

A student in the Chemistry program at the University of Waterloo.

Fire up the Bunsen burners in one of Canada’s top 10 chemistry programs. You’ll study everything from organic chemistry and analytical chemistry to polymer chemistry, nanoscience, and more. 

You can specialize in computational chemistry to study the fundamental properties of atoms, molecules, and reactions using quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. You'll learn to solve chemical problems using computer modelling and simulations.

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.

Program highlights

  • 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 can delve into the world of research with your own year-long project.
  • Get professional credentials. When you graduate with your Chemistry degree, 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.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

In your first year, you'll take a mixture of Chemistry, Mathematics, English, and Physics courses to give you the foundations for your upper-year classes. After first year, most of your classes will be Chemistry courses.

Learn more about courses you'll take for your Chemistry degree.

Customize your Chemistry degree

Add a specialization in Computational Chemistry to focus your studies or choose one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students to include additional areas of interest.

 

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megaphone icon"We gain lots of hands-on experience, including advanced six-hour labs in upper years! In chemistry, it's so important to apply what you learn in class. I actually felt like a 'real' chemist and was prepared to take on research during co-op terms."Lilli, fourth-year Chemistry student

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

Admission averages: Low 80s

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How to apply

Apply to Physical Sciences and choose Chemistry as your major.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?

Please contact Katelyn, our Science recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.

Katelyn Doerbecker

 


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