2023-2024 Academic Year
Chérif F. Matta, BSc (Alexandria), PhD (McMaster), HDR (Lorraine) – FRSC(UK), FInstP, FAAS, FAAAS, Professor
Chemistry is the study of matter; its composition, the changes it undergoes, and the accompanying changes in energy. Chemistry is often called the “central science”, because a basic understanding of chemistry is essential for the study of subjects like biology, physics and ecology.
The Department of Chemistry at the Mount challenges students to be both analytical and creative. Small class sizes and, in many cases, the opportunity to participate in research prepares undergraduate students for their future endeavours; graduate school, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, to name a few. Many of our students publish papers before they graduate, adding invaluably to their prospects in graduate school and the job market.
Any student wishing to pursue a major or honours program in chemistry should consult the department Chair, who will appoint an advisor to help the student plan an academic program. The department offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry and, in cooperation with Dalhousie University, a joint honours degree in chemistry. These programmes are accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), and that accreditation can have significant positive consequences for the job prospects and salary of graduates.
Valid WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) certification is required of all students who wish to take laboratory courses. WHMIS training sessions will be provided.
Students may count courses from a major, concentration and/or minor towards a second major, concentration and/or minor; however, students must complete a minimum of 50 percent of unique courses toward the second major, concentration and/or minor, unless otherwise stated in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar.