Chemistry is about understanding the world around us at the molecular level.
How do we harvest light to make energy?
How do we build molecules that cure disease?
How do plants protect themselves from pathogen attack ?
To answer these types of questions, chemists study how molecules interact, how and why chemical reactions occur and how we can control these processes. As a result, chemists are at the forefront of scientific discovery in a wide variety of fields such as medicine, drug discovery, nanotechnology, new material design and the environment.
A degree in chemistry opens the door to a diverse array of employment opportunities, including jobs in the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, the environmental and material sciences and in emerging areas such as nanotechnology. At the same time, chemists develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that make them attractive to employers in careers outside science such as law and business.
The Department of Chemistry offers a number of programs, ranging from a B.Sc. Honours degree which is the expected professional requirement for people pursing a career as a chemist, to four-year, three-year, Double Honours and Minor degrees in chemistry for those interested in studying chemistry as part of their general education or in conjunction with another discipline.