Major in chemistry

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

Mathematics 1000 (1090)1Mathematics 1001 (1000)1
Chemistry 10502Chemistry 1051
Physics 1050 (1020)3Physics 1051 (1021)3
English 1090critical reading and writing (CRW) course4
electiveComputer Science 15105
  1. Students completing Mathematics 1090/1000 will be required to complete Mathematics 1001 as well. Mathematics 1001 can be taken during 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. 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 a 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 1510 and Computer Science 1710 in place of the electives in the sample first year program.
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 or 1200 are strongly encouraged to take this course in the Fall semester. Students who complete these courses will have the advantage of a stronger chemistry background as well as access to all second-year chemistry courses offered at Memorial in the Fall semester of their second year. These students will also have greater flexibility to change their intended major and/or minor programs.

Students who intend to complete these courses, but require a more introductory 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 commence a sequence on one campus are strongly advised to complete the full sequence before transferring to the other campus due to differences in course content and the distribution of topics covered in each sequence of courses.

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.

Some degrees presently require only introductory chemistry:

  • Chemistry 1010/1011 (St. John’s campus) It is anticipated that Chemistry 1011 will no longer be offered after the winter 2019 semester. Programs which accept Chemistry 1010 and Chemistry 1011 as found in the 2018/2019 calendar are expected to accept only Chemistry 1050 and Chemistry 1051 as of the 2019/2020 calendar. Consult the department of your intended major for advice.
  • Chemistry 1810/1200 (Grenfell Campus)

It is important to review the requirements for your intended program. A full list of required courses for each program can be found in the Calendar.

If you do take Chemistry 1010/1011, and you change your mind or your interests change to a new major (or minor) that requires higher level chemistry, you will need to take Chemistry 1050/1051.

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 MUN bookstore. The textbook used for the first year courses is “Chemistry: A Molecular Approach” 2nd CE with Mastering Chemistry by Tro, Fridgen, and Shaw. 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 1st 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 contact Dr. Barry Power.


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