Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry studies the elements that comprise all matter. Everything around us — the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, cars we drive, even our bodies — are made from these elements.

Chemistry is often called the central science as it deals specifically with the 112 elements that comprise all matter. Everything around us - the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, buildings we live in, cars we drive - our very bodies - are all made from these elements. There are five main branches of Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry.

The primary focus of the program is to provide you with extensive theoretical knowledge in all five branches of Chemistry, while enhancing your technical and practical skills with hands-on experience and research opportunities.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer.

Department Highlights


Lethbridge iGEM teams hit the ground running

The University of Lethbridge iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) teams are once again demonstrating their innovative spirit.

The collegiate team is attempting an ambitious project inspired by the works of Banting and Best, the researchers who were the first to extract and administer insulin in 1922, later selling their patent to the University of Toronto for a dollar.

Let's Talk Science

Igniting southern Alberta students for science

More than 100 Grade 6–8 students caused the University of Lethbridge’s largest lecture hall to vibrate with energy during the first annual Let’s Talk Science Challenge on May 2. The students cheered and clapped in their excitement to participate in this competition.

“The students' engagement was remarkable and infectious," said Claire Niehaus, a volunteer with the Let’s Talk Science Program. "Throughout the entire day, they pushed each other and clearly enjoyed this competition. Their energy was almost too much to stand!”

Stacey Wetmore Award

U of L chemist wins prestigious national award

In a first for the University of Lethbridge, Dr. Stacey Wetmore has been awarded a Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Fellowship, the highest accolade that can be bestowed upon a CIC member.

“It’s a huge honour; I’m still in shock,” says Wetmore, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry with expertise in computational chemistry. “I really wasn’t expecting to be awarded with that at this point in my career. Normally, it’s something that people receive in the later parts of their careers because it’s really a career-distinction type of award.”

The award recognizes individuals for making exceptional contributions to the chemical professions.


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