at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

A chemistry degree can open doors to medical, dental, osteopathic, or veterinary school, and many other careers in health-related professions. The Chemistry program includes a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover atomic, molecular, physical, organic, environmental chemistry, and more.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes matter undergoes. Chemists might work in developing drugs or synthetic substances, or they might be tasked with finding new energy sources. An education in chemistry can lead to further study in materials sciences, biomedical science, bioengineering, chemical engineering, food science, pharmacology, toxicology, oceanography, marine science, medicine, or other health-related fields.

Experiential learning and research

The chemistry program’s summer employment opportunities give you real-world experience and the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at what UBC’s chemists do. Chemists at UBC’s Okanagan campus have recently discovered unexpected unknown compounds in wine.

Directed Studies in Chemistry allow you to undertake independent research on a specific topic agreed upon by you and your faculty advisor. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

The Chemistry Course Union on UBC’s Okanagan campus strives to bridge the gap between chemistry undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, and will help develop your chemistry skills and build a network in the science community.

Campus features

Research facilities at the campus include the Fipke Lab for Trace Element Research, which houses several specialist analytic instruments.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB Physics, or IB Geography (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level (strongly recommended)
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