Students pursuing a bachelor of science with a major in chemistrycomputational chemistry or chemistry (biological) will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Mathematics 10001 Mathematics 10011
Chemistry 10502 Chemistry 1051
Physics 1050 (1020)3 Physics 1051 (1021)3
English 1090 critical reading and writing (CRW) course4
elective elective5
  1. Students completing Mathematics 1090 in the fall semester are advised to take Mathematics 1000 in the winter semester and Mathematics 1001 in the spring semester in order to enable chemistry majors to take Chemistry 2301 in the fall semester of their second year.
  2. Chemistry 1010 is a preparatory course for students who could not take Chemistry 3202 in high school or who achieved less than 65 per cent in Chemistry 3202. For the 2022-2023 academic year, students are permitted to register for Chemistry 1050 if they achieved a grade of at least 50% in Chemistry 3202. Students who take Chemistry 1010 in the fall semester should take Chemistry 1050 in the winter semester and Chemistry 1051 in the spring semester. Students who wait until the fall semester of their second year to take Chemistry 1051 can still complete a chemistry major in four years but will require careful planning of their program with the assistance of their faculty advisor.
  3. Students can complete any of the following combinations of first year physics courses: Physics 1020 and 1021, Physics 1050 and 1051, Physics 1020 and 1051 and Physics 1050 and 1021. Students who complete the major in computational chemistry or the joint honours in physics and chemistry must complete Physics 1050 and 1051. Students registered in Physics 1050 must also be registered in (or have credit for) Mathematics 1000. Students registered in Physics 1051 must also be registered in (or have credit for) Mathematics 1001.
  4. Students are required to complete six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least three credit hours in English courses. Students attending Grenfell Campus will normally complete English 1000/1001 in their first year.
  5. Students wishing to major in computational chemistry should take Computer Science 1001 in the fall semester and Computer Science 1510 in the winter semester. Students wishing to major in chemistry (biological) should take Biology 1001 in the fall semester and Biology 1002 in the winter semester.
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 Calendar.

Students meeting the prerequisite for Chemistry 1050 are strongly encouraged to take this course in the fall semester. Chemistry 1010 is intended to prepare students for Chemistry 1050 and 1051 and should only be taken if a student does not have grade 12 chemistry or the equivalent, did not do well in grade 12 chemistry, or took grade 12 chemistry more than three or four years ago and requires a refresher.

Students who do require a preparatory 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 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.

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.

Materials for chemistry courses

For labs, students will require a lab coat and lab glasses that are available at the Memorial University bookstore. The textbook used for the first year courses is the third Canadian edition of “Chemistry: A Molecular Approach”. Students planning to purchase a used textbook are advised to first speak with their instructor. Purchasing a used book may actually be more expensive than purchasing a textbook package from the bookstore because the package includes other materials such as Mastering Chemistry (online assignments) which is required for first-year courses.

In some first-year classes, personal response systems (or clickers) are used for in-class participation. The instructor will advise students if a clicker is required. A cell phone, tablet, or laptop will serve as a clicker so students should ensure that they are connected to MUN’s wireless network.

Contact information

For assistance with course selection, contact the Academic Advising Centre.

For additional information, visit the Department of Chemistry or email