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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Admission requirements for Chemistry

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

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.

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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