The Department of Chemistry is committed to providing excellent instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level. The Canadian edition of the general chemistry textbook, “Chemistry: A Molecular Approach” is co-authored by Memorial’s Professor Travis Fridgen. Two help centers are staffed to provide students with immediate one-on-one assistance with course material. Our first year chemistry classes make use of innovative methods like personal response devices and online assignments. These innovative methods are used through our program. For example, computational modeling is integrated into the 3rd year physical chemistry laboratory.
Hands-on laboratory experience is essential for providing students with a complete understanding of chemical topics and for training to perform chemical research. Our laboratory instruction is provided by a dedicated team of laboratory demonstrators and teaching assistants. Modernization of our undergraduate laboratories is an ongoing project. Recent successes include the purchase of a benchtop NMR and EPR to improve the training of students in spectroscopy.
Hands-on experience performing research in an experimental laboratory is an invaluable component in undergraduate education. Our department employs many undergraduate students in the laboratory through the MUCEP, SURA, and NSERC USRA programs.