Chemistry

Highschool Background Required
Life After Graduation
First Year Requirements
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Chemistry is concerned with the composition and structure of matter, and the changes which it undergoes. Professional chemists play major roles in such diverse and important areas as the design and synthesis of pharmaceuticals and polymers, the development of alternative energy sources, and the protection of the environment. Other chemistry graduates use their knowledge and problem-solving skills in demanding careers such as teaching, medicine, business or politics. Chemistry is frequently called the central science because it provides a basis for studies in many other disciplines ranging from biology to materials science.

Introductory courses in chemistry provide insight into the nature of substances and the fundamental qualitative and quantitative principles by which their reactions may be described and understood. The Department of Chemistry offers one first-year Chemistry course, CHEM-112, for all science degree programs. Enthusiastic faculty members teach both of these courses, and the lectures are supported by regular laboratory and tutorial sessions. Second year courses introduce students to important chemistry concepts including structure and bonding, reaction mechanisms, spectroscopic techniques, methods of analysis, materials, solutions and surface chemistry. Upper year courses specialize in one of the fundamental branches of chemistry -- analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical -- or explore applications such as environmental, materials, biological, computational or polymer chemistry. All of the programs have rich practical laboratory components where students put into practice key concepts learned from the lectures.

The Department offers programs specializing in chemistry or the Chemistry option in Environment Sciences.

High School Background Required

Arts Concentrations: 4U Calculus and Vectors, Advanced Functions and Chemistry or recognized equivalents required; 4U Physics or recognized equivalent strongly recommended.

Science Concentrations: 4U Calculus and Vectors, Advanced Functions and Chemistry or recognized equivalents required; 4U Physics or recognized equivalent strongly recommended

Life After Graduation

  • Industrial chemists
  • Teaching
  • Graduate Studies
  • Government-sponsored research
  • Professional programs (e.g. Law, Medicine)

First Year Requirements

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Further Information

Chemistry Home Web Page
Phone: (613) 533-2616
Fax: (613) 533-6669
email: ugadm@chem.queensu.ca

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