Chemistry

Traditionally, chemistry is described as a basic physical science whose theories, principles and laws are based on many experimentally observed facts. Chemistry is concerned with the composition, structure and properties of substances, the reactions of substances with each other and the energy changes that occur in these reactions. The modern-day subject of chemistry is a dynamically-changing science that is about cutting-edge discoveries and the use of state-of-the-art techniques and technologies that impact almost every aspect of human life and almost every aspect of the development of human society. It is easy to understand why the field of chemistry is often described as the central science.

A basic knowledge and understanding of chemistry is imperative not only in physics and biology but also in important fields such as Earth sciences, oceanography, astronomy, environmental science and other important scientific fields. Many of these majors even require some second year courses in chemistry. The chemistry program at Memorial offers an excellent undergraduate program that helps to prepare students for a successful career in any scientific field.

Why study chemistry?

Many of our chemistry honours and majors students go on to complete professional degrees (medicine, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry, law, education, etc.), complete graduate degrees (M.Sc. or Ph.D), or pursue careers that require the technical and problem solving skills acquired during their program of study. Job opportunities for students studying chemistry include but are not limited to:

  • art conservationist
  • brew master
  • chemical engineer
  • chemical laboratory technician
  • chemistry teacher
  • clinical chemist
  • environmental chemist
  • forensic chemist
  • geochemist
  • government chemist
  • industrial research chemist
  • patent lawyer
  • petroleum chemist
  • pharmaceutical chemist

Selecting a first-year chemistry course

The first-year chemistry program consists of a number of two-course and three-course options depending on the:

  • degree sought
  • student's level of preparedness
  • campus attended

Many degree programs will require students to complete General Chemistry I and II.

  • Chemistry 1050/1051 (St. John’s campus)
  • Chemistry 1200/1001 (Grenfell Campus)

To see the level of chemistry required for an intended program, students should view the full list of requirements found in the University Calendar.

Students meeting the prerequisite for Chemistry 1050 or 1200 are strongly encouraged to take this course in the Fall semester. Students who complete these courses will have the advantage of a stronger chemistry background as well as access to all second-year chemistry courses offered at Memorial in the Fall semester of their second year. These students will also have greater flexibility to change their intended major and/or minor programs.

Students who intend to complete these courses, but require a more introductory course in the first semester, can follow a three-course plan:

  • Chemistry 1010/1050/1051 (St. John’s campus)
  • Chemistry 1810/1200/1001 (Grenfell Campus)

Students who commence a sequence on one campus are strongly advised to complete the full sequence before transferring to the other campus due to differences in course content and the distribution of topics covered in each sequence of courses.

Students who intend to transfer to a program at another university are advised to complete General Chemistry I and II, as introductory courses may not be approved for transfer credit.

Some degrees require only introductory chemistry:

  • Chemistry 1010/1011 (St. John’s campus)
  • Chemistry 1810/1200 (Grenfell Campus)

It is important to review the requirements for your intended program. A full list of required courses for each program can be found in the University Calendar.

If you do take Chemistry 1010/1011, and you change your mind or your interests change to a new major (or minor) that requires higher level chemistry, you will need to take Chemistry 1050/1051.

Students should be aware that only six science credit hours may be counted toward a major or honours in Chemistry from the following course groups:

  • Chemistry 1010/1050/1051
  • Chemistry 1810/1200/1001

Chemistry 1010 and 1810 may be used as science electives for students who complete the three-course plan.

You are invited to contact the Deputy Head, Undergraduate studies, or a faculty advisor from the chemistry department to help you make your decision.

Courses available in first year at Grenfell Campus

Chemistry 1200
General Chemistry I is atomic structure and bonding, stoichiometry, reactions in aqueous solutions, gases, energetics of chemical reactions, the periodic table, chemical bonding and molecular geometry, intermolecular forces. This introductory course is intended for students who have a knowledge of high school chemistry.
Lectures: Four hours per week
Laboratory: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Students should have high school Chemistry 3202 or at least 75 per cent in Chemistry 2202 or have successfully completed Chemistry 1810.

Chemistry 1001
Introductory General Chemistry II is rates of reaction, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics and introduction to organic chemistry.
Lectures/Tutorials: Four hours per week
Laboratory: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Chemistry 1200 or equivalent

Chemistry 1810
Elements of Chemistry is matter, scientific measurement, atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical compounds and elementary bonding theory, the mole, chemical reactions, the chemistry of selected elements, gases, solutions, stoichiometry. This course is specifically intended for those who have no background in chemistry.
Lectures: Four hours per week
Laboratory: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course may not be used as one of the chemistry courses required for a B.Sc. degree with a specialization in environmental science at Grenfell Campus, nor for a major or honours in chemistry, nor towards fulfilment of the 78 credit hours in science courses required for the B.Sc. degree on the St. John’s campus.

Chemistry 1900
Chemistry in Everyday Life is a course that shows the relevance of chemistry in our daily lives. Following an introduction to atomic structure and chemical bonding, the course will focus on some of the following topics: organic chemistry and fuels; redox processes and batteries; acids, bases and household cleaners; phases and detergents; the chemical components of foods; polymers and plastics; toiletries and pharmaceuticals.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Laboratory: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Note: Chemistry 1900 may not be used as one of the required courses towards a minor, major or honours in any science degree program.

Notes:

  1. Students who have done well in Chemistry 3202 are strongly advised to register for Chemistry 1200
  2. Chemistry 1200 and 1001 provide a superior preparation for all subsequent programs at Memorial and at other Canadian universities.

 

COURSE CRITERIA CHART FOR CHEMISTRY

GRENFELL CAMPUS

Recommended courseRequired Prerequisite
Provincial
Students
National
Students
International
Students
1810Course is intended for students with no previous exposure to chemistry or those who are returning to the subject after some time.Course is intended for students with no previous exposure to chemistry or those who are returning to the subject after some time.Course is intended for students with no previous exposure to chemistry or those who are returning to the subject after some time.
1200Chemistry 3202 or Chemistry 2202 with a grade of at least 75%Grade 12 Chemistry or Grade 11 Chemistry with a grade of at least 75%Grade 12 Chemistry or Grade 11 Chemistry with a grade of at least 75%

 

 

 

 

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