Computational chemistry uses computers and software to model the behaviour and properties of chemical systems, from individual atoms to the large proteins found in living things. These models lead to the design of molecules for new drugs and materials in medicine, and new ways to store and transport energy and information.
Chemistry at Memorial
The Department of Chemistry has state-of-the-art spectroscopic and other analytical instrumentation as well as the high performance computer facilities of ACEnet. We also have extensive computing facilities for chemistry majors and honours students.
You may apply for admission into the Faculty Science by indicating bachelor of science as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission.
Direct entry into the Faculty of Science from high school is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.
Admission to the major
In order to declare the computational chemistry major, you must complete 30 credit hours (10 courses), including the following:
- six credit hours in chemistry
- six credit hours in mathematics
- six credit hours in physics (recommended) or six credit hours in another science other than mathematics
- six credit hours in critical reading and writing (CRW) courses, including at least three credit hours in English
You are expected to achieve a 65% average or better in your first-year chemistry, mathematics and physics courses.
Upon completion of these courses, you must contact the Department of Chemistry to declare the major. You are encouraged to complete these courses in your first two semesters. Exceptional students may be accepted as chemistry majors after one semester.
Sample first year
Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for computational chemistry students.
Sample courses beyond first year
A bachelor of science degree, with a major in computational chemistry, prepares students for a variety of careers including:
- database development
- environmental science
- scientific software developers
- research associate
Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.
Faculty of Science
Bachelor of Science
Fall, winter and spring semesters
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:
- March 1 for fall admission
- Oct. 1 for winter admission
- Feb. 1 for spring admission