BSc or BA (120 credit hour) Concentrated Honours in Chemistry

Students who want a challenging program resulting in a broad and in-depth background in Chemistry that includes an independent research experience may want to enroll in an Honours program. Students interested in eventually pursuing graduate studies are particularly encouraged to consider the Honours program. Honours students complete a minimum of 54 credit hours above the 1000 level in Chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and write a research-based Honours thesis. The Honours thesis and Qualifying Examination requirements are satisfied through completion of CHEM 4902.03 and CHEM 4903.03. The Honours program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

A Co-op option is available for students enrolled in a BSc Concentrated Honours in Chemistry. See Co-operative Education Program.

Admission to Honours

Students must apply for admission to Honours programs. Students considering Honours in Chemistry should consult with a Chemistry Academic Advisor early in their studies.

Departmental requirements

In addition to fulfilling the requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations and College of Arts and Science Degree Requirements sections, students in a BSc or BA Concentrated Honours program in Chemistry must complete the following courses:

1000 level
  • CHEM 1011.03: Concepts in Chemistry: Structure and Reactivity/CHEM 1012.03: Concepts in Chemistry: Energy and Equilibrium, or CHEM 1021.03: Engineering Chemistry I/CHEM 1022.03: Engineering Chemistry II, or equivalent
  • MATH 1000.03: Differential and Integral Calculus I/MATH 1010.03: Differential and Integral Calculus II, or equivalent
  • PHYC 1190.03/PHYC 1290.03: Introduction to Physics or PHYC 1310.03/PHYC 1320.03: Physics In and Around You, or equivalent
2000 level
  • CHEM 2101.03: Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 2201.03: Introductory Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 2301.03: Introduction to Physical Chemistry I and CHEM 2304.03: Introductory Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2401.03: Introductory Organic Chemistry: Structure, Concepts of Mechanisms and Spectroscopy and CHEM 2402.03: Introductory Organic Chemistry: Reactivity of Functional Groups
3000 level
  • CHEM 3103.03: Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3203.03: Advanced Analytical Laboratory
  • CHEM 3301.03: Quantum Mechanics and Chemical Bonding
  • CHEM 3401.03: Intermediate Organic Chemistry or CHEM 3404.03: Intermediate Organic Chemistry - Physical Organic and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 3601.03: Chemistry of Living Systems
4000 level
  • CHEM 4902.03: Honours and Major Research Project I and CHEM 4903.03: Honours and Major Research Project II (minimum grade of B-)
Additional Requirements
  • MATH 1030.03 (or MATH 2030.03): Matrix Theory and Linear Algebra I and MATH 2001.03: Intermediate Calculus
  • A minimum of 15 additional credit hours in CHEM courses at or above the 2000 level
  • Combined lab hours across CHEM 3XXX and 4XXX must be >190.
  • Minimum grade of C in all Honours subject courses (except CHEM 4902.03 and CHEM 4903.03, which require a minimum grade of B-)