Chemistry BSc

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Chemistry BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Chemistry is one of the oldest physical sciences, and one upon which so much of the other sciences are based. Imagine a world without modern medicine, materials, manufacturing or intensive agriculture, and you begin to glimpse how much chemistry contributes to human culture. Scientists who understand how atoms and molecules interact in a basic level and who can design the complex molecules used in pharmacology and the biotech industries are very much in demand. 

    A BSc degree in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University is a great way to learn the core concepts of chemistry, and to prepare yourself either for higher level degree study or to enter the workforce with the chemical and laboratory skills you need to succeed in today’s job market. 

    You’ll be encouraged to combine this core curriculum with classes chosen to suit your own interests and career goals, in order to apply environmental principles to new disciplines. This will allow you to custom tailor your degree program by adding field schools, research projects, co-op work experience, mentoring and other learning opportunities. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    The degree specialisations below are typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    Chemistry BSc Modules Include:

    • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 
    • Algebra I: Linear Algebra 
    • Applied Linear Algebra 
    • Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy 
    • Calculus I with Review 
    • Calculus II 
    • Calculus III 
    • Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds 
    • Electricity, Magnetism and Light 
    • General Chemistry and Laboratory I 
    • General Chemistry II 
    • General Chemistry Laboratory II 
    • Inorganic Chemistry 
    • Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 
    • Instrumental Analysis 
    • Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 
    • Introduction to Radiochemistry 
    • Mechanics and Modern Physics 
    • Mechanics and Special Relativity 
    • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
    • Optics, Electricity and Magnetism 
    • Organic Chemistry I 
    • Organic Chemistry IIb 
    • Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 
    • Physical Chemistry 
    • Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 
    • Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
    • Physics Laboratory I 
    • Physics Laboratory II 
    • Physics Laboratory III 
    • Quantum Chemistry
    • Studio Physics – Mechanics and Modern Physics 
    • Studio Physics – Optics, Electricity and Magnetism 
    • The Chemistry of Transition Metals 
    • Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics 
    • Two-Semester Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Vibrations and Waves 

    Learning And Teaching

    SFU is dedicated to providing a dynamic learning environment for all of their students. Their BSc programs are delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though you will also participate in skills workshops, Lab sessions and special events. 

    No matter which of the available Majors or Minors you select, you’ll study a range of natural and social science content as well as courses which focus on good communication and academic methodology. 

    Career Possibilities

    Most graduates from SFU’s BSc programs at least consider continuing their academic career to the MSc or PhD levels. However, many do go directly into work. Recent graduates of SFU’s BSc in Chemistry have found roles as Pest Control Technicians, Perfumer, Pathologist’s Assistants, Patent Examiners, Paint Formulation Chemist, Narcotics Investigators, Nano Technologists, Researchers, Medical Lab Technicians, Marine Chemists, Lecture Demonstrators, Lab Coordinators, Inorganic or Organic Chemists, Health & Safety Officers, Hazardous Materials Experts and more. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BSc degree.

    Applicants to SFU’s Engineering programs should have a good Canadian secondary education behind them, or the international equivalent.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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