Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers two 6-credit courses and one 3-credit course at the 100-level (see course descriptions at the bottom of this page):

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
CHEM 121 Principles of Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry II (3 credits)
CHEM 151 – Fundamentals of General and Biological Chemistry (3 credits)

 
CHEM 101/102 and 121/122
CHEM 101/102 and 121/122 are the primary foundation courses in the department.

CHEM 101/102  are intended for students planning to study the life sciences of biology, human kinetics and human nutrition. It is a required course for students in the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health; the Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition; students intending to major in biology; and for some streams in the Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics.  CHEM 101 is a pre-requisite for CHEM 102.

CHEM 121/122 are intended for students planning further study in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. It is a required course for students in the Diploma in Engineering, and for students intending to major in chemistry.  CHEM 121 is a pre-requisite for CHEM 122.

Students intending further study in Earth sciences or physics are required to take either CHEM 101/102 or 121/122, with 121/122 being the recommended choice for physics programs. 

CHEM 101/102 or 121/122 are prerequisites for all upper-level courses in the department.

For initial registration purposes, these two courses are restricted to students in the Faculty of Science. Although students in all other programs may use chemistry courses as electives, students outside the Faculty of Science are not permitted to register in these courses until science students have completed registration. If there are then still seats available, interested students from other faculties may contact the chair of the department to inquire about possible overrides into the courses.

CHEM 151
CHEM 151 is a required first-year course for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is normally restricted to students in this program. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other courses in the department.

 

Course Descriptions from the Current Academic Calendar:

101 General Chemistry I Fundamental principles of chemistry, including the nature of atoms, ions and molecules, stoichiometry, and basic thermo-chemistry. Chemistry of aqueous solutions including oxidation-reduction reactions, equilibrium and acid/base chemistry with a focus on buffer solutions. The application of chemical principles in areas of interest to students in the life sciences, human nutrition and human kinetics are emphasized. Credit will be granted for only one of CHEM 101, CHEM 100, CHEM 120, CHEM 121, CHEM 150 or CHEM 151. Three credits and lab/tutorial.

102 General Chemistry II
Chemical kinetics, thermochemistry, and the electronic structure and properties of atoms and ions and bonding models used to determine molecular geometry. Basic concepts of organic chemistry, materials and environmental chemistry. Intended for students in the life sciences, human nutrition and human kinetics. Credit will be given for only one of CHEM 102, CHEM 100, CHEM 120, CHEM 122, CHEM 150 or CHEM 151. Prerequisite: CHEM 101. Three credits and lab/tutorial.

121 Principles of Chemistry I
Fundamental properties of matter and their correlation with modern principles of chemistry. Topics include: atoms, molecules, and ions; chemical formulae and equations; reaction types and stoichiometry; the gaseous state; energy changes in chemical systems; electronic structure of atoms; models of chemical bonding; and change of state. Credit will be granted for only one of CHEM 121, CHEM 101, CHEM 121, CHEM 150 or CHEM 151. Three credits and lab/tutorial.

122 Principles of Chemistry II
Topics covered in include a description of the solution state and intermolecular forces in solutions; rates of reaction, reaction mechanisms, equilibrium, acid-base reactions, electrolytes and voltaic cells, nuclear chemistry, and an overview of organic chemistry. Credit will be granted for only one of CHEM 122, CHEM 100, CHEM 102, CHEM 120, CHEM 150 or CHEM 151. Prerequisite: CHEM 121. Three credits and lab/tutorial.

151 Fundamentals of General Organic, Biological Chemistry
Topics include basic concepts of general chemistry; introduction to organic nomenclature and the reactivities of functional groups; coverage of the fundamentals of biological chemistry. May not be used as a prerequisite for any other chemistry course. Open to students in nursing, human kinetics, and arts; may not be taken for credit by other science students. Restricted enrolment. Three credits and a lab.

 

Please refer to Section 9.9 Chemistry in the Academic Calendar.

Click here to go to the Chemistry department webpage.