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Chemistry

Overview

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.

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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. 

Academic Calendar:

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

Not sure where to start? Career Services can help you explore your options and create possibilities.

Meet our student

Mikayla

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 Universit├Ąt Hamburg.

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BC high school admission requirements

Not a BC high school student?

General requirements

A comprehensive list of all approved Grade 11 and 12 academic courses can be found here. Admission is based on an evaluation of all approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses.

Online/distance education courses must be 100% complete by January 31, 2020.

Grade 11 required courses

Required Course List B
One of:
English 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + New Media 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Spoken Language 11
  • EFP: Literary Studies + Writing 11
  • Composition 11
  • Creative Writing 11
  • English First Peoples 11
  • Literary Studies 11
  • New Media 11
  • Spoken Language 11
One of:
Language 11

Any of language 11 or waiver (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)
One of:
Math 11

  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11
All of:
Science 11

  • Chemistry 11
  • Physics 11
One of:
Social Studies 11


See all approved grade 11 courses

Grade 12 required courses

t warning Students must complete a minimum of 5 approved grade 12 courses, including all required courses. Equivalent AP or IB courses may be used in place of the following courses.

Required Course List A
One of: 
English 12
  • English Studies 12 (English 12) (min 70%)
  • English First Peoples 12 (min 70%)
  • Francais langue et culture 12 (min 70%)
One of:
  • Pre-Calculus 12
Two of:
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (Biology 12)
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Physics 12

 

Type Course List B
One additional from:
List A or List B
  • 20th Century World History 12 (History 12)
  • Accounting 12
  • American Sign Language 12
  • Asian Studies 12
  • BC First Peoples 12
  • Comparative World Religions 12
  • Comparative Cultures 12 (Comparative Civilizations 12)
  • Composition 12
  • Computer Science 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • Creative Writing 12
  • Economic Theory 12
  • Economics 12
  • Engineering 12
  • Entrepreneurship 12
  • Environmental Science 12 (Sustainable Resources 12)
  • Financial Accounting 12
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • French 12
  • Genocide Studies 12
  • Geology 12
  • Geometry 12
  • German 12
  • Human Geography 12
  • Italian 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Korean 12
  • Law Studies 12
  • Literary Studies 12 (English Literature 12)
  • Mandarin 12
  • Mechatronics 12
  • New Media 12
  • Philosophy 12
  • Physical Geography 12 (Geography 12)
  • Political Studies 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Russian 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Spoken Language 12
  • Statistics 12
  • Urban Studies 12

See all approved grade 12 courses

How to apply

Applying to the major program

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

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • 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.