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Chemistry

Chemistry, the central science, is the study of elements and compounds, their properties and the ways they react to form new substances. From the practical to the theoretical, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology exposes students to all major fields of chemistry: physical, analytical, organic, inorganic and biological. Students benefit from exposure to the cutting-edge research interests of faculty members in materials science, electrochemistry, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, supercritical fluids, and computational chemistry.

Students can pursue their studies through the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry program, or choose to specialize in either Pharmaceutical Chemistry or Chemical Biology.

These programs have a co-op option, as well as extended and experiential learning opportunities, including a fourth-year undergraduate thesis and the five-year Science and Management program option.

Program options

  • Chemistry

    The Honours Chemistry program covers all major fields of chemistry, including physical, analytical, organic, inorganic and biological. Students benefit from the development of a strong foundational knowledge, and the ability to further their subject-specific understanding through upper-year elective courses.

    Courses beyond the first year include:

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Inorganic Chemistry: Transition Metals and Main Group Elements
    • Molecular Structure Determination from Spectroscopic Data
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
    • Thermodynamics and Kinetics

    Potential career and advanced education opportunities include:

    • biotechnology
    • electrochemistry
    • materials science
    • nanochemistry
    • secondary school teaching (through Concurrent Education)

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  • Chemistry - Chemical Biology specialization

    Chemical biology, at the interface of chemistry and biology, is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary area in science. Through the synthesis and use of small molecules, probes or chemically-modified biological macromolecules, chemistry is applied to help answer questions of biological importance.

    Courses in this specialization include:

    • Advanced Biochemistry
    • Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology
    • Bio-Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    • Cell Biology
    • Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • Graduate studies through the Applied Bioscience or Materials Science master's programs

    Potential career and advanced education opportunities include:

    • biotechnology
    • drug synthesis
    • government or private research laboratories
    • medical marketing
    • medical research
    • toxicology

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  • Chemistry - Pharmaceutical Chemistry specialization

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry combines the study of drug discovery and development, pharmacology, analytical techniques and drug chemistry. The chemical design process and evaluation of potential future medications will be a prime focus of study. Students will apply knowledge gained from course material, hands-on laboratory experience and faculty research to the pharmaceutical industry.

    Courses in this specialization include:

    • Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    • Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Bio-Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    • Introductory Medicinal Chemistry
    • Introductory Physiology
    • Pharmaceutical Discovery
    • Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology

    Potential career and advanced education opportunities include:

    • biotechnology
    • drug discovery
    • government or private research laboratories
    • pharmaceutical monitoring and regulation
    • pharmaceutics
    • pharmadynamics

    Admission requirements
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