Below you will find descriptions for courses offered in this field of study. You will find a general overview of the topics covered and any prerequisite course or grade requirements, credit value and exclusions.

The first digit of the course indicates the general level. Those in the 1000 series are introductory degree level. Courses at the 2000, 3000, 4000 series are typically available to students in the second, third, and fourth year. Courses numbered at the 5000 level or above are graduate level. Courses listed at the 0100 or 0200 series are technology level courses. Courses below the 0100 level are generally non credit courses.

Some courses are listed as exclusionary to one another. This means that students may not obtain credit for both courses as designated. 

Not all courses are offered each year. Please consult the current timetable for this year’s offering. For further information please contact the department, or visit the department's website.

Course Descriptions

Course Notes

Undergraduate courses that are regularly offered by the Chemistry Department are briefly described in this section. More detailed information can be found on the departmental web site at Students should note the following.

  • Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Academic Timetable for the details of courses offered in a particular academic year.
  • The first digit of the course number is the year of a student’s program that a course would typically be taken, but this is not meant to be restrictive if a student has the necessary prerequisites or permission of the instructor. For example, a 3000 level course can be taken in the fourth year and 4000 level course can be taken in the third year.
  • The second digit of the course number defines the general sub-discipline:
  0 = General Chemistry
1 = Inorganic Chemistry
2 = Analytical Chemistry
3 = Physical Chemistry
4 = Organic Chemistry
5 = Interdisciplinary
6 = Biological Chemistry
8,9 = Research Classes
  • The extension following the course number (e.g. XXXX.03) indicates the number of credit hours assigned to the course (e.g. three credit hours). Note that six credit hours are equivalent to one credit.
  • All chemistry courses, unless stated otherwise, have a minimum grade requirement of C- for their prerequisite chemistry courses. Students with grades below C- in the prerequisite chemistry courses can only register with the permission of the instructor for the course.
  • Unless stated otherwise, the minimum grade requirement for credit in a chemistry course is a D, except for Honours programs, where the minimum grade requirement for chemistry credit is a C (B- for Honours Qualifying Examination).

Chemistry Resource Centres

First-Year and Advanced Chemistry Resource Centres are located in Rooms 122 and 115, respectively. The former is staffed with advanced undergraduate and graduate students to help with both lab and course material. First-year students are encouraged to make use of the Concept Room, which is located in the First-Year Resource Centre. Here, first-year Instructors will be available at regularly scheduled times to provide aid with course material in a small group or one-on-one atmosphere.

The First-Year Chemistry Resource Centre also houses a number of computers with chemistry-specific programs for students to use. Additionally, there is a selection of resource materials such as molecular model kits and reference texts available to students.