Chemistry is the study of matter's physical properties and transformations. You'll study in a program known for cutting edge chemical and multidisciplinary research, and you'll gain the necessary scientific foundation for studies and careers in related fields.


The Chemistry program in the Faculty of Science offers an Environmental Chemistry minor and a Nuclear Science minor. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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Detailed admission requirements

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.


General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français langue première 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or First Peoples 12, or Français langue première 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

Chemistry 11, Principles of Physics 11, English 12, Pre-Calculus 12  and two science 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Science
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Chemistry or (available only in Fall) Chemistry -  1st yr Surrey

The minor program

See the description in the Academic Calendar. You can add a minor to any major.

Mikayla took first year courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics before realizing that her passion was for Chemistry. In her second year, she spent a term on academic exchange at Uppsala University in Sweden. This summer, she will be on International Co-op and working in Germany at Universität Hamburg. Read more ...

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Biochemist
  • Cell Research Chemist
  • Chemical Technician
  • Combustion Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Cosmetics Developer
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Lab Analyst
  • Hazardous Materials Expert
  • Health & Safety Officer
  • Inorganic or Organic Chemist
  • Lab Coordinator
  • Lecture Demonstrator
  • Marine Chemist
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Nano Technology Researcher
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Paint Formulation Chemist
  • Patent Examiner
  • Pathologist's Assistant
  • Perfumer
  • Pest Control Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Pharmacist
  • Plant Protection Inspector
  • Pollution Control Technician
  • Professor
  • Prosthetics Developer
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Radiologist
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Translator
  • Soil Scientist
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Tissue Technologist
  • Veterinary  Technician
  • Water Purification Specialist