Chemistry is the branch of physical science involving the study of the composition of substances, the ways in which their properties are related to their composition, and the interaction of substances to produce new materials.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options: BSc honours or major; Any degree, minor
The general purpose of studies in chemistry is to increase our understanding of the structure and behaviour of the matter of our environment. A knowledge of chemistry is important to the solution of problems in important areas of the environment, medicine, and the utilization of resources.
The chemistry program at Mount Allison – fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC) – is designed to provide students with an education in the main branches of the subject, namely:
In upper years, students are offered some choice and flexibility with a curriculum that covers advanced courses, including:
- advanced organic chemistry
- physical organic chemistry
- nanoscience and nanotechnology
- physical chemistry: statistical thermodynamics, computational chemistry
- inorganic chemistry: organometallics, physical aspects, bioinorganic, structure and bonding in main group chemistry
- advanced quantum mechanics
- environmental chemistry
The interdisciplinary nature of chemistry means you may also take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, mathematics, and psychology.
The chemistry and biochemistry department emphasizes experiential learning – you will graduate with 600 to 1,200 hours of lab experience, developing important analytical and presentation skills along the way.
Research is a key component of the department's approach. You will be encouraged to take advantage of faculty-supervised independent research, job opportunities as summer research assistants, and chances to contribute to faculty research projects, which often leads to co-authoring a paper with your professor for publication.
Find a list of chemistry courses in the academic calendar – chemistry.
Popular career paths for chemistry graduates include:
- medical doctor
- pharmacist/pharmaceutical chemist
- forensic lab analyst/pathologist
- quality assurance/control chemist
- industrial chemist
- research chemist
- environmental chemist
- product tester/developer
- chemical and drug sales representative
- water quality analyst/technician
- pulp and paper chemist/paper product developer
- food scientist
- patent agent/lawyer
- science policy analyst/lawyer
- consulting agent
“The fact that I, together with some of my colleagues, had the
opportunity to do research after our second year says a lot about the
program and the department as a whole. Their interest and love for
students is second to none and makes the program unique in many ways.”
Chemistry, minors in biochemistry and math (’14)
“The lab component is all hands-on and gives you a great opportunity
to interact with your professors and classmates, and apply a lot of what
you are learning in lectures. I was lucky enough to receive an NSERC
grant after my first year to do summer research, which definitely
sparked my interest and made me want to continue with chemistry.”
Honours chemistry (’14)
“The faculty and staff really make the chemistry department the place
to be. Our remarkable research groups, society and academics
provide you with all the opportunity and experience you could ask for.”
Honours chemistry (’14)
Chemistry students are provided with numerous opportunities to carry out independent research and to work with faculty on their research projects, even co-authoring papers with them. All faculty members in the chemistry and biochemistry department have active research programs that undergraduate students can get involved in by volunteering their time during the academic year, or by participating in the department's summer research program where students get paid a stipend for their efforts in the lab.
L.H. Cragg Resource Centre
Generously donated by the Mount Allison Class of 1949, the L.H. Cragg Resource Centre plays an integral part in research done by science students by providing computing facilities and software to help analyze and present data collected during research.
Awards and prizes
The chemistry and biochemistry department offers a broad variety of awards, prizes, and scholarships which are available to qualified students.
- Harold Bigelow Prize
- R.P. Chapman Prize
- E. Lovett Prize
- Kendall Scott Memorial Prize in Chemistry
- Society of Chemical Industry Student Merit Award
- Murray Sears Memorial Prizes in Chemistry
- J.S. & A.C. Bowen Scholarship
- Carnegie Scholarship