Chemistry focuses on what happens to matter at the molecular and subatomic levels. In other words, it is the study of how virtually everything in the world really works. Chemists are at the forefront of scientific discovery in a wide variety of fields such as medicine, drug discovery, nanotechnology, new material design and the environment.
- Three or four year degree
- Full or part-time program
- You can enter this program directly from high school
- You can begin this program off-campus
What you will learn
You will learn how molecules interact, how and why chemical reactions occur and how to control these processes. You will learn how to find answers to important questions such as: how do we harvest light to make energy, how do we build molecules that cure disease and how do plants protect themselves from pathogen attack? Through appropriate course selection, you can specialize in analytical, bioorganic, computational, inorganic, organic, organometallic, physical or theoretical chemistry.
A first-year schedule sample
Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials|
|MATH 110||Calculus I|
|ENG 113*||Literature and Composition Reading Narrative|
|PHYS 115*||Physics and the Universe|
|ARCH 112*||The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology|
|CHEM 115||General Chemistry II Chemical Processes|
|CHEM 250*||Introduction to Organic Chemistry|
|MATH 116||Calculus II|
|PHYS 125*||Physics and Technology|
|GEOG 120*||Introduction to Global Environmental Systems|
* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
CHEM 242: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
The study of the structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. Topics include properties of materials, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria and chemical kinetics. The laboratory provides experience with the use of physical-chemical equipment and problem solving skills.
CHEM 332: Inorganic Chemistry II
An introduction to transition metal chemistry including molecular symmetry coordination chemistry, electronic structure and properties of d-metal complexes, characterization techniques in inorganic chemistry and organometallic chemistry of the d-block. The laboratory work includes experiments on the preparation, characterization and applications of transition metal compounds.
CHEM 450: Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry
Selected topics that are not dealt with or are covered only at an elementary level in other organic chemistry courses offered by the department. Possible topics include organic synthesis, organic reaction mechanisms, natural products, organometallic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry and organic photochemistry.
In the last two years of study, you will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on, personalized research projects under the direct supervision of our distinguished faculty members.
You will receive hands-on education in our new, modern laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Many of our students have the opportunity to conduct research projects in Canada’s only synchrotron, which is conveniently located on the U of S campus.
A degree in chemistry opens the door to a diverse array of employment opportunities, including jobs in the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, the environmental and material sciences and in emerging areas such as nanotechnology. At the same time, chemists develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that make them attractive to employers in careers outside science such as law and business.
Here are just a few examples of career opportunities:
- Professional chemist
- Analytical chemist
- Environmental chemist
- Process chemist
- Research and development scientist
- Intellectual property researcher
- Science policy advisor
- Forensic lab analyst
- Quality control and quality assurance
- Occupational health and safety officer
- Chemical information specialist
- Paint formulation chemist
- Food and drug analyst
- Mining chemist
- University instructional lab coordinator
- Laboratory manager
|Canadian students||International students|
Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2020-2021 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 per year.
These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Chemistry degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:
- Bachelor of Science Four-year
- Bachelor of Science Three-year
- Bachelor of Science Honours
- Bachelor of Science Double Honours
You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.
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