Honours Degree in Computational Chemistry

The following information about programs of study in Chemistry has been taken from the University Calendar. While every attempt has been made to ensure that it is accurate, you should refer to the current edition of the University Calendar for the most reliable and complete information about program requirements and course list.

Students wishing to take Honours in Computational Chemistry should consult those sections of the Calendar dealing with Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science. The Honours program in Computational Chemistry consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours in Chemistry, a minimum of 21 credit hours in Mathematics, a minimum of 15 credit hours in Physics, and a minimum of 15 credit hours in Computer Science. An additional 3 credit hours in recommended Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics courses are also required in addition to the minimum credit hour requirements. .

Required Courses

  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and the former 1031) (or 1200 and 1001), 2100, 2210, 2301, 2302, 2400, 2401, 3210 or 3211, 3303, 4304, and 4305.

  • Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021), 1051, and 2820.

  • Mathematics 1000, 1001, 2000, 2050, 2051, 2260 (or 3260), and 3202.

  • Computer Science 1001, 1510, 2001, and 2500.

  • Computer Science 3500 or Mathematics 3132.

  • Chemistry 490A/B.


  • English 1080 and English 1110 or equivalent.

  • 3 additional credit hours in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics at the 2000 level or above.

  • A sufficient number of elective courses to bring the degree up to a total of 120 credit hours must also be completed.

Suggested Program of Study

Given appropriate circumstances the Honours in Computational Chemistry program can be completed in four years. While students should consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook for further timetabling details, to complete the program in four years generally will require that students take the following courses in their first year:

  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1200 and 1001).

  • Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021), and 1051.

  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001.

  • Computer Science 1001 and 1510.

  • English 1080 and English 1110 or equivalent.

  • Those courses in which a grade of B or an average of 75% or higher are required, as specified in Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, Academic Standing, are the courses beyond first year used to satisfy the required course list.

  • A thesis based on a selected research topic carried out under the supervision of a member of the Department is to be submitted in the final year.

  • Chemistry 490A/B will normally require the equivalent of nine hours per week for two semesters. Registration in Chemistry 490A/B is restricted to those students who have honours standing. The Honours dissertation will be assessed by a committee comprising the supervisor and one other faculty member.

  • Students completing first year requirements for any of Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics via the three course options (i.e. Chemistry 1010, 1050 and 1051 or 1010, 1011, the former 1031, Mathematics 1090, 1000, 1001, Physics 1020, 1021, 1051) instead of the two course options (Chemistry 1050, 1051, Chemistry 1200, 1001, Mathematics 1000, 1001, Physics 1050, 1051) will require the corresponding number of extra credits to obtain an Honours degree.

  • Arrangements for subsequent years will depend on the other science subjects being studied and should be made in consultation with the Faculty Advisor.

  • Certain advanced courses may only be offered in alternate years. Candidates therefore should consult the Head of the Department before registration.

  • Certain of the Graduate courses may be taken in the final year of the Honours Program with the permission of the Head of the Department.

    Course Restrictions

    Students should be aware of a number of credit restrictions. For further information see the Chemistry course descriptions section found at the end of the Faculty of Science section in the Calendar under Course Descriptions, Chemistry.


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