Chemistry is the study of the structure and properties of matter including the energy changes that accompany chemical reactions. The understanding gained from these studies is applied in the prediction of the behaviour of matter and in the interpretation of a wide variety of phenomena. Chemistry is linked closely with a number of other subjects, ranging from astrophysics and earth science to the biological and medical sciences, which involve matter at various levels of complexity.
The Department of Chemistry offers undergraduate courses in all the major sub-disciplines of the subject, including physical, theoretical, analytical, inorganic, organic and biological chemistry. Specialized programs in Chemistry include a required core of courses to ensure that the student acquires a broad knowledge of the subject, but also provide opportunities for the student to concentrate on areas of particular interest. In the applied chemistry area the Department of Chemistry also offers specialization in atmospheric chemistry.
Courses in Chemistry
The contact-hour information in the course outlines below specifies the number of hours per week when the course is taught in the daytime in a fall/winter session. If the course is offered in the evening and/or in a summer session, the format and scheduling may be different, though equivalent in credit value.