Synthetic and Catalytic Chemistry Specialist

The Synthetic and Catalytic Chemistry focuses on the fundamentals and practical aspects of modern synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, and the understanding and applications of catalytic reactions. The program will prepare students for career paths as synthetic / discovery chemists, in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomedical, crop protection, materials and related sectors, or for academic research and teaching positions. This program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.


Professor Rob Batey, Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Enrolment Requirements:

This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.

Completed courses (with minimum grades)
The following courses with the stated minimum grades are required:

• ( CHM135H1CHM136H1) (63% in each)/ CHM151Y1 (63%)

Students in this program have the option to request enrolment in the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream. Students can apply for the ASIP stream after Year 1 (Year 2 entry) or after Year 2 (Year 3 entry, starting Fall 2024). Full details about ASIP, including student eligibility, selection and enrolment, are available in the ASIP section of the Arts & Science Academic Calendar. Please note that the majority of students enter ASIP in Fall term of Year 2. Space is more limited for Year 3 entry. Students applying for Year 3 entry must have been admitted to the Synthetic & Catalytic Chemistry Specialist in the Summer after Year 2.

Completion Requirements:

(14.0 credits)

First Year: ( CHM151Y1 strongly recommended)/ ( CHM135H1CHM136H1); ( MAT135H1MAT136H1)/ MAT137Y1/​ MAT157Y1; ( PHY131H1PHY132H1)/ ( PHY151H1PHY152H1)

Second and Higher Years:

  1. BCH210H1CHM217H1, ( CHM220H1/​ CHM222H1CHM223H1), ( CHM236H1CHM237H1)/ CHM238Y1, ( CHM249H1 strongly recommended)/ CHM247H1MAT235Y1/​ MAT237Y1
  2. CHM317H1CHM338H1CHM342H1CHM343H1CHM347H1CHM348H1
  3. CHM432H1CHM440H1CHM441H1CHM443H1
  4. CHM395Y1/​ CHM499Y1/​ PHC489Y1 and/or CHM397H0/​ CHM398H0 in areas relevant to the program with prior approval by the Department
  5. Additional 300/400-level courses from CHM, which may include courses from among CHM325H1CHM355H1/​ CHM328H1CHM379H1CHM416H1CHM434H1/​ CHM455H1CHM437H1CHM447H1 and CHM479H1 to a total of 14.0 credits.

Students in this program have the option to complete the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream.

This page was updated on June 13, 2024.  Please consult the Arts & Science Academic Calender for the most up-to-date program requirements.