Chemistry

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Do you wonder how life originated on Earth four billion years ago? Do you puzzle over finding an environmentally responsible way to provide stable, cost-effective energy? Have you questioned whether nano-machines can be constructed at the molecular level? Then Chemistry is for you.

Chemistry sometimes is called the "central science" because it connects sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology and environmental science. At York, our chemistry program spans the traditional to the new: analytical, physical and organic chemistry to nanomaterials and biological chemistry. We offer a stream in Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry that combines knowledge of the biological, medical and physical sciences in the study of molecular-level biological process such as protein folding and drug functionality.

Offered as an optional study plan within the honours program, Materials Chemistry is centered on the rational synthesis of novel functional materials using a large array of existing and new synthetic methods. Similarly, the Analytical Chemistry option focuses on the fundamental tools and methods of chemical analysis and separation including instrumentation, miniaturization and computerization in a range of settings.

It is our goal to help you succeed in whatever field of Chemistry you choose to explore.

There are several areas of study from which to choose including:

Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry

This fast-growing field looks at how biological and chemical systems interact. For example, how do you design drugs to target a specific problem in the biological system? If you’re interested in the life and health sciences, this option provides solid grounding in both chemistry and the basics of biological science. Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry is an official stream of study and will be reflected on your transcript. 

Materials Chemistry

This program is designed for students with an interest in polymers, electronic materials, optical materials, magnetic materials, surface chemistry, biosensors, biomaterials, crystallography and other aspects of chemistry related to the preparation, characterization and use of specialized solid state materials. This stream will provide you with a solid grounding in Chemistry as well as a specialized exploration of the chemistry of solid-state substances, their preparations and properties.

Analytical Chemistry

In the Analytical Chemistry stream, you will receive training in the fundamentals of chemical analysis and separation. As a graduate from this stream, you will be highly desirable to industry and government agencies.

What can you do with a Chemistry degree?

Studying chemistry puts you in an excellent position to choose from a wide variety of rewarding careers. A chemistry degree also serves as an excellent foundation for advanced study in the health sciences a number of related areas (medicine, dentistry or pharmacy). Careers may range from forensic scientist to brew master, medical or cosmetic product developer, chemical engineering technologist to textile chemist, environmental policy-maker to bacteriologist.

York’s Career Centre provides information about careers with a Chemistry degree. You may also want to check out professional associations for their information on careers in Chemistry: Chemical Institute of Canada, American Chemical Society, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; and the Canadian Medical Association to name a few.

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Chemistry
  • Physics and/or Biology
  • Calculus
  • Computer Use
  • Non-Science Requirement

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • pharmacological chemist
  • air-quality specialist
  • polymer materials specialist

BScFaculty of Science

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31 - recommendation(s) below:
    • Math 31
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And one additional Grade 12 Academic subjects - recommendation(s) below:
    • Calculus 12
    • Physics 12
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • Terminale math
  • Terminale chemistry
  • One additional Terminale science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Terminale physics
    • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
    • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
    • Some programs require a higher GPA.
  • Senior-level math
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • One additional senior-level science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
  • 2-unit math
  • 2-unit chemistry
  • One additional 2-unit science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • 2-unit physics
    • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • One year of CEGEP
  • 2 semesters of English/anglais
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Chemistry 1 and 2
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And six additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Calculus 1
    • Physics 1 and 2
    • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
  • Grade 12 math
  • Grade 12 chemistry
  • One additional Grade 12 science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Grade 12 physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Lise Diplomasi
  • Senior-level math
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • One additional senior-level science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
  • A-level math
  • A-level chemistry
  • One additional A-level science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • A-level physics
    • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Twelfth Year math
  • Twelfth Year chemistry
  • One additional Twelfth Year science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Twelfth Year physics
    To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
  • Standard or higher-level math (Math Studies will not satisfy this requirement)
  • Standard or higher-level chemistry
  • One additional Standard or higher-level science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Standard or higher-level physics
    • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of one of the following:
    • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
    • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
    • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
    • Intermediate Examination Certificate
    • Pre-University Examination Certificate
  • Grade XII math
  • Grade XII chemistry
  • One additional Grade XII science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Grade XII physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Manitoba High School Diploma
  • English 40S
  • Pre-Calculus Math 40S
  • Chemistry 40S
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And one additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 40S
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 120, 121 or 122
  • Math 121 or 122 or Pre-Calc 12B
  • Chemistry 121 or 122
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And two additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Advanced Math with Intro Calculus 120 or Pre-Calc 12B
    • Physics 121 or 122
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 3201
  • Math 3204 or 3205 or 3200
  • Chemistry 3202
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And three additional credits at the 3000 level - recommendation(s) below:
    • Math 3207 or Calculus 3208
    • Physics 3204
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12
  • Advanced Math 12 or Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And one additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Calculus 12
    • Physics 12
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31 - recommendation(s) below:
    • Math 31
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And one additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31 - recommendation(s) below:
    • Math 31
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • ENG4U
  • MHF4U
  • SCH4U
  • One additional 4U or M science
  • And two additional 4U or M courses - recommendation(s) below:
    • MCV4U
    • SPH4U
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.
    OUAC code YSC

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
  • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • MHF4U*
  • SCH4U*
  • One additional 4U or M science*
  • MCV4U (recommended)
  • SPH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • BScFaculty of Science

    To be considered a mature student, you must:
  • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
  • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
  • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
  • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
  • Requirements for admission:
  • MHF4U*
  • SCH4U*
  • One additional 4U or M science*
  • MCV4U (recommended)
  • SPH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
  • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • MHF4U*
  • SCH4U*
  • One additional 4U or M science*
  • MCV4U (recommended)
  • SPH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
  • English 621
  • Math 621A or 621B
  • Chemistry 611 or 621
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And one additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Math 611B
    • Physics 621
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
  • Grade 12 English
  • Grade 12 Linear Algebra
  • Grade 12 Chemistry
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And two additional academic (university preparation level) subjects - recommendation(s) below:
    • Grade 12 Calculus
    • Grade 12 Physics
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
  • English A30 and English B30
  • Math B30 and C30 or Pre-calculus 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Calculus 30
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Senior-level math
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • One additional senior-level science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • High School Diploma
  • Senior-level algebra
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • One additional senior-level science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level calculus
    • Senior-level physics
    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
  • Senior-level math
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • One additional senior-level science
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Yukon High School Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • One additional senior-level science
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Calculus 12
    • Physics 12
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the high 70s to mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 75.