Program and course offerings
Chemistry is a "physical" science which deals with structures, properties, reactions, syntheses and uses of substances. The general purpose of studies in chemistry is to increase our understanding of the structure and behavior of the matter of our environment. By its nature, chemistry is interdisciplinary and occupies a central position among the sciences.
Society requires chemists to apply their particular knowledge to present and future needs. A knowledge of chemistry is important to the solution of problems in important areas of the environment, medicine, and the utilization of resources. Thus the study of chemistry leads to a wide variety of professional vocations. The large science-based industries (petroleum refining, plastics, pharmaceuticals, synthetic fibers, etc.), all employ chemists and chemical engineers in key operational roles and in production, research and development. An increasing number of federal and provincial departments and agencies employ chemists in research and testing laboratories. The teaching of chemistry in a high school, technical institute or university is also a rewarding way to contribute to the needs of society.
Why Study Biochemistry?
Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science, linking chemistry and biology to increase our understanding of the fundamental chemical processes that facilitate life. It is an inherently mechanism-focused discipline.
Society requires biochemists to address problems in important areas of physiology, medicine, and biological responses to our changing environment. Biochemists go on to careers in a wide variety of professional vocations including clinical, pharmaceutical, and fundamental research, healthcare, and government. The teaching of biochemistry in a high school, technical institute or university is also a rewarding way to contribute to the needs of society.
The Undergraduate Curriculum
In the Mount Allison Chemistry program, the subject matter of the several
sub-divisions of chemistry is interrelated and integrated. The first year
program is designed to consolidate and elaborate on students' previous
background in chemistry and biochemistry. Students who have completed
the International Baccalaureate chemistry program, "A" Level
Chemistry (UK) or the Advanced Placement Program (chemistry), should consult
with the Department Head for possible credits and/or admission into second
In Chemistry, the second and third year program introduces and explores the core areas of Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry in depth. In Biochemistry, the second and third year program introduces and explores the core areas of Metabolism, Protein Biochemistry, Signal Transduction, and Immunochemistry. These courses usually have small class sizes and often incorporate an hands-on laboratory component.
The fourth year program offers students some choice and flexibility in their course selection. The curriculum covers advanced courses in a variety of areas of chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, students can take Selected Topics in Chemistry/Biochemistry or Special Topics in Experimental Chemistry/Biochemistry.
Research projects are available for Honours students in the summer months following the third year and sometimes after the first and the second years. Financial support for up to 4-months is available through scholarships, fellowships and other support made available especially for this purpose.
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