Chemistry is the study of matter—anything that has mass and occupies space. Everything you can touch, hold, smell or taste involves chemistry and chemicals.
Chemists design new compounds, materials and processes to serve the needs of society: Some examples include new pharmaceuticals to fight disease, industrial catalysts for efficient manufacturing, and leading-edge nanotechnologies to change the world we live in. Chemists study the relationship between the chemical structure of matter and its properties, and predict and explain how matter changes when it reacts to form new substances.
- The central science
- Investigates the behaviour of compounds at a molecular or atomic level
- Involves the development of materials such as superconductors, luminescent materials and industrial catalysts
- Involves the development of synthetic methods, such as the pharmaceutical industry and novel, organized structures with the potential to be utilized as “nano-machines”
- Promotes undergraduate research with the unique Chemistry Research Internship Program (CRISP) scholarship
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry
- Computational Chemistry
Minimum Admission Average: 70%
Secondary Average: 70%*
Mean Admission Average: 86%
ENG4U, SCH4U, MHF4U, plus one of SPH4U or SBI4U. MCV4U is strongly recommended. SPH4U is recommended.
*Science second average is the average of all science and math courses.
Chemistry is often called the “central science” because it connects physical sciences with life sciences and engineering. Consequently, knowledge of chemistry is a requirement or beneficial for a very large number of diverse career paths of which only a few are listed below. However, many require training at the MSc or PhD level.
- Professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary and chiropractic (with careful selection of courses)
- Industrial and academic research & development
- Government and hospital laboratories
- Industrial process laboratories
- Administration and management
- Education (with additional studies)
- Environmental analyses and assessments
- Patent and environmental law (with additional studies)