Faculty of Science - Chemistry
Faculty of Science

Program description

Chemistry is the science concerned with the properties of atoms and molecules, of which all matter is composed. Chemistry is important for all aspects of the material world - food production; the manufacture of medicines, textiles, and plastics; energy production; identifying environmental problems and remedies; and understanding the workings of living organisms.
The Honours and cooperative work-study (co-op) programs provide experience in government, private sector and research laboratories.


Program options

Degree options

B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Chemistry - 4 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Chemistry (Co-op) - 5 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Chemistry - 4 years 
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Chemistry (Co-op) - 5 years
B. Sc. Chemistry Focus Bachelor of Science General Degree - 3 years

Program options

B. Sc. Joint Honours in Chemistry/Physics

The Chemistry Honours and Major degrees include focus area options in:

  • Bioanalytical
  • Biopharmaceutical
  • Biophysical
  • Environmental
  • Materials Science
  • Organic
  • Physical
  • Quantum/Computational

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

The Department offers courses and research in virtually every area of chemistry, from theoretical to hardcore organic synthesis, from spectroscopy of interstellar molecules to the shape of proteins in your body, from the crystal structures of ionic conductors at 1000 degrees C to the accumulation of mercury in the arctic environment.

The Department combines Chemistry and Biochemistry (as one of few in Canada), hence there are options to mix and match Chemistry and Biochemistry courses. Many courses include laboratory components to develop skills in scientific techniques.

Research opportunities
You can experience research first-hand for several summers through Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) and in an honours research project in your last year of undergraduate studies. If you enjoy the experience, you can go on and do your own real independent research project in a Masters or PhD program.

Co-op options
Cooperative work-study options for Major and Honours programs

Note: the Department combines Chemistry and Biochemistry (as one of few in Canada), hence there are options to mix and match Chemistry and Biochemistry courses. Many courses include laboratory components to develop skills in scientific techniques.


Professional opportunities

  • Industry (food, energy, plastics, pharmaceuticals)
  • Government (environmental, agriculture)
  • Academia

Note: opportunities also exist in the public service of Canada e.g. in the National Research Council Institutes. A degree in Chemistry provides an opportunity to pursue graduate school (M.Sc. or Ph.D.). It also provides a solid foundation for professional schools, such as Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry.


Admission Requirements

Visit the Science Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Chemistry at the University of Manitoba is organized in traditional specializations including: Analytical, Biochemical, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical/Theoretical Chemistry. It is one of few Chemistry departments in Canada that includes Biochemistry. Research is clustered around two main themes (Health and Materials). There is close collaboration with the Department of Microbiology and the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources and strong links to other programs in Science, Medicine and Engineering. The program is a good preparation for graduate studies and all Honours students do a Research Project.     The Chemistry Department offers the only graduate program in Chemistry in the Province of Manitoba. In addition, the undergraduate programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry are the only programs in the Province of Manitoba which are accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.


Important links

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