Department of Chemistry

DEPARTMENT OF

Chemistry

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Future Undergraduate Students

Welcome! We hope you find this site informative and helpful in your decision on choosing a university to pursue an undergraduate degree. Undergraduate Admissions has all the information you need to experience Queen's.

This page will provide you with information on Chemistry programs at Queen's, the facilities in Chernoff Hall, careers in Chemistry, and the background required to begin your studies in Chemistry.

Still have questions? Email us at ugadm@chem.queensu.ca.


High School Requirements

Information about high-school requirements to be admitted into first year Science at Queen's University is available at the Undergraduate Admission website: http://www.queensu.ca/admission/

For any questions or additional information, feel free to contact the admission team at:
Email: admission@queensu.ca
Phone: (613) 533-2218

Program Overview

Degree Programs

A detailed description of each program is available under Degree Programs. The table below provides a brief overview of our Chemistry degree programs.

Bachelor of Arts

  • General and Minor
  • 90.0 total units, 36.0 units in CHEM and supporting subjects

Bachelor of Science

  • General and Minor
  • 90.0 total units, 48.0 units in CHEM and supporting subjects

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

  • Major
  • 120.0 total units, 72.0 units in CHEM and supporting subjects

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

  • Specialization
  • 120.0 total units, 90.0 units in CHEM and supporting subjects

Major-Minor degree programs: students can combine Chemistry with other degree programs (for instance, Biology Major with a Chemistry Minor or Chemistry Major with an Economics Minor).

Admission into, and progress through, an honours degree program requires a minimum cumulative average of 65% after 1st and subsequent years.

Degree Programs and Career Choices

BScH, Major or Specialization

Either of these programs will prepare a student for graduate studies (MSc, PhD) in Chemistry, they differ only in the required number of elective CHEM courses. Graduates may also work in government or industrial laboratories as chemists, or in sales/marketing where a technical background is necessary. Also a suitable preparation for professional programs such as law, dentistry, medicine, business administration, etc.

BSc, General

A 3-year degree program often taken by students who gain admission to a professional program after the 3rd year.

Detailed description of degree program requirements are found in the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Careers in Chemistry

Chemists deal with matter. They study and transform matter into the molecules that cure or treat our ailments, that keep our homes warm in the winter, that clean our hair and clothing, that give us new textiles, that test and enhance our water quality, and so on.

Many careers are available to chemists, and here are a few:

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical sales
  • Food and flavor Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Science writing
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chemical information specialists
  • Waste management
  • Catalysis
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Chemical education

A number of outstanding web sites discuss the careers available to chemists. Here are links to a few:

  • The Canadian Society of Chemistry maintains a career services section.

  • The American Chemical Society maintains an excellent website on Chemistry careers. It contained detailed descriptions of the careers mentioned above, along with details on many other careers.

  • The Royal Society for Chemistry maintains a career options section.

  • Indiana University maintains a Wiki on Careers in Chemistry.