Degree Programs

Program Goals

Undergraduate students, upon graduation with a B.Sc. Major or Honours degree in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University, will:

  • Have a solid foundation in the fundamentals of current chemical theories and their application to the physical world.
  • Be skilled at analytical reasoning, problem solving, and critical thinking.
  • Be able to design, perform and record chemical experiments and be capable of analyzing the results of these experiments. This includes the ability to critically assess results, identifying and quantifying experimental uncertainties and evaluating methodological limitations.
  • Have hands-on experience with a broad range of experimental methods, and be able to use a variety of modern instrumentation and standard techniques.
  • Be able to communicate the results of his or her work to both chemists and non-chemists, in writing and orally.
  • Be able to use modern library search and retrieval methods to access information about specific chemical topics.
  • Be knowledgeable about chemical safety procedures, including proper methods and regulations for safe handling, use and disposal of chemicals and the safe use of handling of chemical instrumentation.
  • Be able to identify and solve chemistry-related problems and to apply this to the exploration of new areas of research.
  • Have the experience and ability to collaborate effectively as part of team to solve problems.

Major and Joint Major Programs

Chemistry Major programs provide students with a broad background in the theory and practice of chemistry. Elective options in the third- and fourth-years allow students to tailor their degree to fit their interests and includes the option to integrate undergraduate research.

To view the current program requirements, click on one of the links below:

»    Chemistry Major   (Accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry)
»    Chemical Physics Major
»    Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Joint Major
»    Chemistry and Earth Sciences Joint Major

Honours and Joint Honours Programs

Honours programs follow the same structure as Major programs, but with additional upper-division coursework and independent research. It is an excellent option for academically curious students and those who intend to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. 

»    Chemistry Honours   (Accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry)
»    Chemical Physics Honours
»    Joint Honours in Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
»    Joint Honours in Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Minor Programs

Add a complementary credential in chemistry or nuclear science with a Minor. Completion of the Minor programs include a selection of upper-division (300- and 400-level) coursework along with lower-division prerequisites. 

»    Chemistry Minor
»    Environmental Chemistry Minor
»    Nuclear Science Minor

What can I do with a degree in...?

Visit the Career Services website to explore future career paths and get resources for career development.

»    Chemistry
»    Nuclear Science
»    Chemical Physics