at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Chemistry is the science of the materials that make up our physical world, and comprises a diverse range of study, including areas such as pharmaceuticals, advanced materials, biochemistry, and theoretical chemistry. You’ll study matter and the changes that matter undergoes via physical and chemical processes, with the option to tailor your focus to a number of different sub-disciplines.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • Yes Honours Option

In Chemistry, you will discover the properties of inorganic and organic matter and the ways that atoms interact. You will study kinetic theory, quantum mechanics, biogeochemistry, and more. The Chemistry major provides you with a broad background in science with a concentration in chemistry, which can lead to work in industrial or government laboratories.  A number of combined honours programs are open to suitably qualified students, which include Chemistry together with Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or another science.

Campus features

The late UBC professor Michael Smith won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering how to make targeted genetic mutations in DNA. The new Michael Smith Building, housing the Biotechnology Laboratory, honours his legacy.

Program Requirements

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