Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Science (2010/2011)
7.3 Chemistry

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:

  1. Applied Mathematics and Chemistry Joint Honours

  2. Biochemistry and Chemistry Joint Honours

  3. Chemistry and Earth Sciences Joint Honours

  4. Chemistry and Physics Joint Honours

  5. Major or Honours in Chemistry

  6. Minor in Chemistry

These programs are accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

Details of joint programs are given after the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science.

Chemistry course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Science section under Course Descriptions, Chemistry.

7.3.1 Undergraduate Handbook

Additional information about the undergraduate program, individual courses and suggested timetables can be found in the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Handbook which is available on the web at www.chem.mun.ca.

7.3.2 Faculty Advisors

Each student majoring in Chemistry will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who should be consulted on all academic matters. Individual programs must be drawn up in consultation with the advisor.

Note:

Students who have obtained a grade of 3 or better on the Advanced Placement courses in Chemistry will normally be eligible for direct entry into Chemistry 1031 or second year courses. Such students must consult the department before registration.

7.3.3 Minor in Chemistry

Candidates who take a minor in Chemistry will complete Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or equivalent, Chemistry 2400, 2401, 2210, 2301 (or 2300) and 2302 (or the former Chemistry 3301) as well as at least 3 credit hours in courses chosen from Chemistry 3100, 3211, 3303 (or the former Chemistry 3300), 3410, 3411 and 3500.

7.3.4 General Degree - Major in Chemistry

The courses required for a Major in Chemistry are:

  1. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or equivalent, Chemistry 2301 (or 2300), Chemistry 2302 (or the former Chemistry 3301), Chemistry 2210, 2400, 2401, 3100, 3211, 3303 (or the former Chemistry 3300), Chemistry 3410, 3411, 3500 and 4110.

  2. Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021) and 1051.

  3. Mathematics 1000, 1001, 2000, 2050 and Applied Mathematics 3260.

  4. Biochemistry 2101

Recommended courses: Mathematics 2051, Physics 2820 and/or 2750, and 6 credit hours in one of the following languages: French, German, or Russian.

Students considering declaring Chemistry as their Major are encouraged to contact either the Department Head or the Deputy Head (Undergraduate Studies).

7.3.5 Honours Degree in Chemistry

Students wishing to take Honours should consult those sections of the Calendar dealing with Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science. The Honours program in Chemistry consists of at least 63 credit hours in Chemistry courses. It is recommended that candidates also take groups of 18 or more credit hours in each of two other science subjects, normally Biochemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences, Physics, or Mathematics.

Required Courses

  1. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or equivalent, 2301 (or 2300), 2302 (or the former Chemistry 3301), Chemistry 2210, 2400, 2401, 3100, 3211, 3303 (or the former Chemistry 3300), Chemistry 3410, 3411, 3500, 4110, 490A/B and 15 credit hours selected from the remaining 4000-level courses.

  2. Physics 1050 (or 1020 and 1021) and 1051.

  3. Mathematics 1000, 1001, 2000, 2050 and Applied Mathematics 3260.

  4. Biochemistry 2101

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, clause 3.5.6.a., are the courses beyond first year used to satisfy clause 1. above, and Biochemistry 2101.

Recommended courses: Biochemistry 2100, Mathematics 2051, Physics 2820 and/or 2750.

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 two other faculty members.

With approval of the Heads of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments prior to registration, a number of courses in Biochemistry may be substituted for a like number of Chemistry courses.

Six credit hours in one language are recommended: French, German or Russian should be selected in consultation with the Department Head.

Prospective Honours students in Chemistry in their first year should take

  1. Six credit hours in English.

  2. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010, 1011 and 1031) or their equivalents.

  3. Physics 1050 and 1051 or 1020 and 1021.

  4. Mathematics 1000 and 1001

  5. Six credit hours in other courses.

Given appropriate circumstances the Honours Chemistry program may be completed in four years. Students should consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook for timetabling details.

Note:

Students completing first year requirements for any of Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics via the three course options (i.e. Chemistry 1010, 1011, 1031 (or the former 1800, 1200, 1001), Mathematics 1090, 1000, 1001, Physics 1020, 1021, 1051) instead of the two course options (Chemistry 1050, 1051, 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 Head of the Department.

Note:

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.

Note:

Details of Joint Honours programs with Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Physics are outlined under Joint Programs.

7.3.6 Course Restrictions

Credit will be given for no more than one of the former Chemistry 1000, Chemistry 1010, 1050, 1200, the former 150A/B, no more than one of Chemistry 1001, 1031, 1051, the former 150A/B, and no more than one of Chemistry 1001, 1011, 1051, the former 150A/B. Credit will only be given for one of the following pairs of courses, Chemistry 2301 and Chemistry 2300 (offered at SWGC), Chemistry 2302 and the former Chemistry 3301, and Chemistry 3303 and the former Chemistry 3300.