The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a major in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry also offers jointly, with the Department of Biological Sciences, a multidisciplinary major in Biochemistry for the 40-course Bachelor of Science program.
The major in Chemistry for the 40-course Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts and Science degree programs is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry. It fulfills the requirements for professional standing in chemistry in Alberta through the Association for the Chemical Profession of Alberta.
Students selecting these degree programs take courses in introductory general chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry.
These main branches of chemistry focus on various aspects of the discipline. Analytical chemistry is the detection and measurement of chemical species wherever these may be found. Inorganic chemistry is the chemistry of most of the known elements, except for the chemistry of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen which is properly the domain of Organic chemistry. Physical chemistry studies the principles which govern how molecules behave, and what causes them to react.
In Biochemistry, life, itself, becomes the subject of investigation. The Biochemistry program provides students with a strong background in the basic sciences and extensive laboratory experience, while emphasizing the chemical and physical basis of life. As a Biochemistry student, you will gain hands-on experience with the latest tools and technology used in Chemistry, Physics and Biological Sciences, such as molecular Biology, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and advanced biophysics.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry also participates in the delivery of the following programs:
Students who have selected a General Major in the Sciences can select Chemistry as one of the three streams.
Students can select Chemistry as the BSc major for the Combined BSc/BEd or BSc/BMgt programs.
Complete program planning information for these programs can be found here.