Co-op, Minors, Certificates and Engineering Concurrent Programs for Students

Co-operative Education Program (Science Co-op) in Chemistry

Co-op Academic Advisor:  Dr. Alan Doucette

Science Co-op is a program where academic study in a science subject is combined with paid career-related work experience. Students undertake three work-terms interspersed with their academic study terms. Science Co-op degree programs enable students to apply their knowledge directly while providing them with work experience that assists in making educated career choices.

Science Co-op is available to students in BSc (120 credit hour) Honours or Major programs, or in Combined Honours or Double Major programs. The number of students admitted into Science Co-op each year is limited. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for admission and for continuation in the Co-op program. Students must be eligible to work in Canada.

Students normally apply to join Science Co-op during their first year of study. Students must apply before April 15, and it is strongly recommended that interested students meet with their Departmental Co-op advisor early in the Winter term of their first year. If accepted into Science Co-op, students must register for, and attend the Science Co-op Seminar Series (SCIE 2800.00) at least four months prior to the first work term.

Details are available from the Chemistry Co-op Academic Advisor and from the Co-operative Education office For more information on Co-op Education in Chemistry please see the departmental page

Minors available to students in Chemistry

Minor programs allow students to develop subject specialties in addition to their major or honours subjects. Minors in other subjects are normally added to 120 credit hour BSc or BA programs (including Science Co-op).

Students in a BSc or BA (120 credit hour) program in Chemistry may choose to include a Minor selected from the list of approved Minors. Courses counted toward a Major or Honours subject cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a Minor program.


In combination with a BSc or BA in Chemistry, students may obtain one or more Certificates. A Certificate indicates that a student has achieved a certain level of proficiency in a given area or subspecialty. Courses counted toward a Major, Honours or Minor subject may also be used to fulfill the requirements of a Certificate. Students must apply to the Certificate Coordinator to be considered for a Certificate. Certificates are awarded upon graduation and are noted on the student’s academic transcript.

A complete list of Faculty of Science Certificates and requirements is available. Students may also work toward obtaining Certificates offered by other Faculties; some of these are listed in the College of Arts and Science Degree Requirements section of the calendar.

Certificates of particular interest to student enrolled in a BSc or BA in Chemistry include:

BSc/BEng Concurrent Program (Chemistry)

Chemistry is known as the central science because its main theme is transformations of matter and energy that are at the core of many fields of science and engineering.  A strong background in Chemistry has direct relevance to fields such as biological/biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental and resource engineering, food science technology, materials engineering, mining/petroleum engineering and process engineering.  Following is the recommended sequence of courses for students wishing to obtain a concurrent BEng and BSc (90 credit hour) degree with Minor in Chemistry. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Dean, Faculty of Science, and the Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering prior to enrolling in a concurrent BEng/BSc degree. 

It is recommended that students also discuss their selection of courses with an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Chemistry. A concurrent BEng/BSc Major or Honours in Chemistry (120 credit hours) can be designed for interested candidates.




Registered in BEng

Year 1

CHEM 1021 Engineering Chemistry I

MATH 1280 Engineering Math I

ENGI 1103 Engineering Design I

PHYC 1190 Physic I

ENGM 1081 Computer Programming

CPST 1103 Technical Communications I

CHEM 1022 Engineering Chemistry II

MATH 1290 Engineering Math II

ENGI 1203 Engineering Mechanics I: Statics

PHYC 1290 Physics II

ENGM 1041 Applied Linear Algebra

CPST 1203 Technical Communications II

Apply for admission into concurrent BEng/BSc a

Year 2

ENGM 2101 Applied Vector Calculus

ENGM 2032 Applied Probability & Statistics

b Writing course (Humanities)

Two of CHEM 2201, CHEM 2301, CHEM 2401

One social science coursec

ENGM 2022 Applied Differential Equations

HSTC 1801 History of Engineering II

d One Engineering elective

Two of CHEM 2101, CHEM 2304, CHEM 2402

One social science or humanitiescoursec




Year 3

IENG 2005 Engineering economics

ECED 2000 Electric circuits

ENGI 2102 Thermo-Fluid Engineering I

One 2000 level (or higher) CHEM course

One Science/FASS course (may be CHEM)

ENGI 2203 Engineering design II

d Two Engineering electives        


One 2000 level (or higher) CHEM course

One Science/FASS course (may be CHEM)

Graduate with Diploma in Engineering and BSc 90 credit degree

Year 4

Continue in BEng program


Year 5

Complete BEng program


a To meet the BSc 90 credit hour Minor in Chemistry requirements, students complete 30 credit hours in addition to their Engineering requirements: a minimum of 18 credit hours of CHEM courses at or above the 2000 level, 6 credit hours of social science/humanities courses, and 6 additional credit hours in Science/FASS courses (which may be CHEM). Students may not select CHEM courses that cannot be counted toward a Chemistry Major degree.

b Writing requirement: choose from eligible writing courses in CLAS, ENGL, GERM, HIST, PERF, PHIL, RELS, or RUSN to fulfill writing and humanities requirements [College of Arts and Science]

c Choose from CANA, CTMP, ECON, EMSP, EURO, GWST, HIST, HSTC, INTD, POLI, PSYO, SOSA, SUST for social science courses. Choose from ARBC, CANA, CHIN, CLAS, CTMP, CRWR, EMSP, EURO, SWST, GERM, HIST, HTSC, ITAL, PERF, PHIL, RELS, RUSN, SPAN and THEA for humanities courses

d See Engineering section of the calendar for details