The identification and investigation of matter, and how substances interact, combine, and change.
Up and atom!
Ultimately, chemistry is about transformation; re-arranging the atoms in existing materials to provide the products we use everyday, as well as new and safer medications, alternative sources of energy, and the next generation of high-tech gadgets. The knowledge and skills of a chemist are in high demand because everything we have now, and for the foreseeable future, comes from atoms that exist in limited quantities here on Earth.
Career possibilities are endless, as studying chemistry doesn't just give you core knowledge, but it helps to develop problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills. Accessible PDF - Chemistry
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This major is available in the co-op and regular stream of study
Learn how to synthesize chemicals from renewable resources such as ethanol, corn, or cellulose. Focus on designing chemical products that are biodegradable.
Study the fundamental properties of atoms, molecules, and reactions using quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. Learn how to solve chemical problems using computer modeling and simulations.
SOME OF THE SKILLS ATTAINED WITHIN THIS MAJOR
- Data analysis
- Laboratory methodology
- Critical thinking
- Independent learning
- Chemical nomenclature
Explore other chemistry-related programs
- Apply via Physical Sciences on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
- Learn about our minors available to Faculty of Science students, as well as our Bioinformatics Option.
- Learn more about co-op.
- See more in the science careers list.
- A degree in Chemistry fulfills the academic requirements for professional membership in the Chemical Institute of Canada.