Chemistry Specialist

The Chemistry Specialist Program provides a broad coverage of the core areas of chemistry together with appropriate courses in mathematics and physics during the first three years, and allows students to follow a particular area of interest or a more general program in fourth year. The program is suitable for professional work in any area of chemistry and for entry into graduate school to continue work in any of the sub-fields of chemistry, provided that appropriate options are chosen in fourth year. This program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.


Professor Andrew Dicks, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

This is a limited enrolment program.  All students who request the program and obtain at least the specified mark(s) in the required courses will be eligible to enrol. Consult the Registration Handbook & Timetable for details.

Courses for admission: CHM135H1/​CHM139H1 and CHM136H1/​CHM138H1 or CHM151Y1 with a minimum mark of 63%.

Fourteen (14) full courses or their equivalent, including at least three 400-series courses are required to complete this program.

First Year: (CHM151Y1 strongly recommended)/(CHM135H1/​CHM139H1CHM136H1/​CHM138H1); (MAT135H1MAT136H1)/MAT137Y1; (PHY131H1PHY132H1)/(PHY151H1PHY152H1)

Second Year: CHM217H1, (CHM220H1/​CHM222H1,CHM221H1/​CHM223H1)/CHM225Y1CHM238Y1CHM249H1MAT235Y1/​MAT237Y1

Third and Fourth Years:

  1. BCH210H1CHM326H1/​CHM328H1CHM327H1
  2. Further 300/400-level full course equivalents in CHM/MAT/another science, including at least three of CHM317H1CHM338H1CHM343H1CHM379H1CHM410H1CHM499Y1 and at least three 400-level CHM full course equivalents to make a total of 14 full courses.