Welcome to new and returning students. First and second year students with problems should see Dr. Christopher Flinn, Deputy Head Chemistry Undergraduate Studies (C4014), or Dr. Travis Fridgen, Head, Department of Chemistry (C4000D). Higher level students should see Dr. Flinn or their faculty advisor if they are Chemistry Majors.

CHEM 3261 Atmospheric Chemistry (see below for description) will be offered as an on-line course in the Winter 2018 semester. This course can be used as an elective course for any Chemistry major.

3261 Atmospheric Chemistry (same as Environmental Science 3261) provides a comprehensive study of the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere. Beginning with an overview of planetary atmospheres, we follow the evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere until today. Atmospheric chemical processes are interpreted from the perspectives of chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, molecular orbital theory, and molecular spectroscopy. The mechanisms of stratospheric reactions are studied in the context of the ozone layer, while those of the troposphere are linked to the so-called ‘greenhouse effect’ and aspects of pollution. The very different upper-atmosphere chemistry is also studied.
CR: Environmental Science 3261
PR: CHEM 2210, CHEM 2301 or permission of the instructor and Program Chair

New BSc and Honours BSc in Chemistry (Biological)

Beginning in September 2017, the Department of Chemistry will be offering a new BSc and Honours BSc in Chemistry (Biological).

CHEM 3410 No Longer Offered

CHEM 3410 is no longer being offered and has been removed from the curriculum as a required course. It has been renumbered to CHEM 4410 and is now an optional course with no labs associated with it. CHEM 4410 will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2017.

Students who have not completed CHEM 3410 will now be required to complete Biochemistry 2101 to complete their Chemistry Major, Honours, or Joint Honours degrees.

Lab Waiver Deadline for Fall 2017

The lab waiver deadline for Fall 2017 is Friday, September 15, 2017.
Applications for lab waivers (online form) will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017, but you should apply for a waiver immediately if you did well in your labs and have no unexcused absences. Students granted a waiver must immediately register for the lecture-only section of the course as per the instructions e-mailed to you.

Now Hiring Chemistry Undergraduate Lab Demonstrators

Applications for a chemistry undergraduate lab demonstrator position are now being accepted for Fall 2017. If you are interested in working as a lab TA, please submit your application ASAP.  You must indicate on the form when you are available.

Fall 2017 Labs

All first-year labs begin on Monday, September 11, 2017. Students are expected to have obtained a copy of Experiment 1 provided through D2L, lab coat and safety glasses for their first laboratory. Read the regulations on D2L. Note that the Chemistry 1010, 1011, 1050, and 1051 lab manuals are available on D2L

First year lab schedule

Check for changes in the lab schedule on the bulletin board outside C4009 or click Fall 2017 Lab Schedule (Revised)  Students granted a lab waiver must still complete the course tutorial if there is one.

Laboratory Safety Training - Science 1807

Provincial Health and Safety legislation requires that Memorial ensure the health and safety of its employees and students. All students enrolled in chemistry courses will be exposed to chemicals and therefore are required to complete Science 1807 (Safety in Science Lab). In order to have access to the online course, students must register for Science 1807 through Memorial Self-Service. No tuition is charged for this course.

Students must register for Science 1807 through Memorial Self-Service. Students can then access the course online through D2L using their my.mun.ca login ID. The course consists of a Safety and a WHMIS test. In order to successfully complete the course, a mark of at least 80% must be achieved on each of the two tests. Students who do not successfully complete Science 1807 by the end of the ADD period (Wednesday, September 20, 2017) will be de-registered from all their lab courses requiring it.

Integrity 100A/B

All students entering First Year courses at MUN are required to complete a Integrity course which has two parts with the first part having to be completed in their first semester.

Integrity 100A will be available in July once you have registered for your courses for the Fall Term. You will have to successfully complete the course before you receive your assigned registration time for the Winter Term. Information about assigned registration time for the Winter Term is sent to your mun.ca email and should be available by the middle of October. Once information about your registration time has been made available, you will still have approximately six weeks to complete Integrity 100A before registration begins.

Integrity 100B will be available starting October 1st and after you have successfully completed Integrity 100A. You will have to successfully complete 100B before you receive your assigned registration time for the Spring Term (or the following Fall Term should you not plan on taking courses during the Spring semester).

Academic Misconduct:

Cheating is not permitted. The act of cheating includes, but is not limited to, the copying of lab materials and assignments from previous or current years, or using unreferenced information in a lab write up, paper, or presentation. University regulations pertaining to cheating are found in the university calendar in section 6.12. If you are caught cheating, the first incident will be forwarded to the Head of Chemistry for a resolution. If you are found guilty at the Departmental level, the penalty is usually a zero on the work in question as well as a letter of reprimand copied to the registrar describing the incident and the resolution, and will be kept on file. In the event of a second offence, the incident will be directed to SCUGS (which can also happen on the first offence). An incident which is resolved by SCUGS usually result in harsher penalties such as reduction of your mark for the course, probation, suspension, or expulsion. Note that the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies (SCUGS) resolves all offences that involve allegations of impersonation, submission of forged documents, or academic misconduct on exams or works in excess of 20% of the grade.

Chemistry 1050 Prerequisite Requirements

PR: Science 1807; CHEM 1010 with a grade of at least 60% or high school CHEM 3202 with a grade of at least 65%. It is also recommended that students have successfully completed high school Mathematics 3200 or 3201.

Chemistry 1051 Prerequisite Requirements

PR: Science 1807; CHEM 1050

Departmental policy for cancelled term tests and labs:

Term tests/labs cancelled for reasons such as the closure of the university due to a snow storm or a fire alarm going off are automatically scheduled for the next lecture/lab period of the course.


Department of Chemistry

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552