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The following programs are offered in the Chemistry department:
Honours Major Programs
Regular:
Honours Biochemistry (joint with Biology Department)*
Honours Biochemistry (Biotechnology Option) (joint with Biology Department)*
Honours Biology and Chemistry (joint with Biology Department)*
Honours Chemistry*
Honours Chemistry (with Options)

Honours Chemical Physics (joint with Physics Department)*
Honours Environmental Chemistry*

Co-operative:
Honours Co-operative Biochemistry (joint with Biology Department)*
Honours Co-operative Biochemistry (Biotechnology Option) (joint with Biology Department)*
Honours Co-operative Biology and Chemistry (joint with Biology Department)*
Honours Co-operative Applied Chemistry*
Honours Co-operative Applied Chemistry (with Options)

Honours Co-operative Chemical Physics (joint with Physics Department)*
Honours Co-operative Environmental Chemistry*
Minor in Chemistry

* These programs fulfill the academic requirements for professional membership in The Chemical Institute of Canada.

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Notes to all Honours Chemistry Students

  1. Students whose major field is Chemistry may not take these courses for credit: CHEM 218, 219, 228, 266, 267, 316, 366.
  2. The middle digit of most course numbers indicates the subdiscipline within which the course lies:
    X0X trans- or inter-subdisciplinary courses
    X1X inorganic chemistry
    X2X analytical chemistry
    X3X biochemistry
    X5X physical chemistry
    X6X organic chemistry
    X7X polymer chemistry
    X9X individualised courses (research projects, etc.)

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Electives

The following chart outlines proposed offerings of technical electives with Chemistry content from which Honours students should choose their required electives.

Technical Electives with Chemistry Content

Course     1995   1996                     1997
No.        Fall   Winter   Spring   Fall   Winter   Spring

233 x x x x
237 x x x x
303 x x
305 x x
333 x x x x
404 x x
411 x x
412 x x
413 A-Z x x x x
421 x x
425 A-Z x x x x
432 x x
433 x x
434 A-Z x x x x
435 x x
450 x x
452 A-Z x x x x
454 x x
456 x x
464 x x
465 A-Z x x x x
470 x x
471 x x
PHYS 359 x x
CH E 036 x x x x
CH E 574 x x
BIOL 454 x x x x
EARTH 221 x x x x
EARTH 421 x x
EARTH 459 x x
Other Recommended Electives Statistics STAT 204, 304, MTHEL 102 Environment ERS 337 Management Science M SCI 211 Economics ECON 101, 102, 201, 202 Computing CS 212, 230, GEN E 121 Microprocessors E & CE 222, 223, 427, PHYS 353 Writing ENGL 201C or E Law PSCI 291, 292, ENV S 201, ACC 231 Business (WLU) BUS 352, 362, 382, 383 Accounting ACC 121, 122 Critical Thinking PHIL 145
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Honours Major Programs Regular

Honours Biochemistry
(see "Biology")

Honours Biochemistry (Biotechnology Option)
(see "Biology")

Honours Biology and Chemistry
(see "Biology")

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Honours Chemistry

Program Advisor: Professor G.E. Toogood

Admission to, and continuance in, Honours Chemistry requires a cumulative average of 60% and an average of 60% in all Chemistry lecture courses each term.

In order to graduate with an Honours Chemistry degree, the following requirements must be successfully completed:

  1. 24.5 credits including 5.5 lab credits.
  2. In Years Three and Four, students must choose six courses from the list of Technical Electives with Chemistry content (see chart above).
  3. In Year Two, one of PHYS 222/252L, 252/252L, 256/256L, 259/259L.
  4. Students are encouraged to include in their program an ethics course such as STV 100, PHIL 226, 215, SCI 263, 265.
  5. Failure of more than one course in the field of specialization will result in the requirement to withdraw from the program. Students may petition for re-admission; such re-admission is at the discretion of the Chemistry Undergraduate Committee and exceptional circumstances must justify it.
  6. Mandatory courses as listed below.


Year One
Fall

CHEM 121/120L
PHYS 121/121L
MATH 127
Two electives (1.0 credit)

Winter
CHEM 125/123L, 129
PHYS 112/112L
MATH 128
One elective (0.5 credit)


Year Two
Fall

CHEM 10, 223/223L, 254/254L, 264
MATH 228
PHYS elective (0.75 credit) (Fall or Winter, see note 3 above)

Winter
CHEM 10, 212, 224L, 256, 265/265L
Two electives (1.0 credit)


Year Three
Fall*

CHEM 10, 312/312L, 359, 362
Two electives (1.0 credit)

Winter*
CHEM 10, 313, 323, 358/358L, 368/368L
One elective (0.5 credit)


Year Four
CHEM 10, 492A/B (1.5 credits)
Eight electives (4.0 credits)
* CHEM 312L, 358L and 368L may be taken in either of the 3A or 3B terms, and may be taken with, before or after CHEM 312, 358 and 368.

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Honours Chemistry (with Options)

HONOURS CHEMISTRY (Mathematics Option)
Program Advisor
: Professor F.R. McCourt

This program combines the Honours Chemistry core with an enriched background in mathematics. It is suitable preparation for work in Theoretical Chemistry or Chemical Physics, or for the student whose interests and abilities lie in a mathematical direction.

Students wishing to follow this program on the Co-operative system of study should first speak to Professor McCourt (Chemistry) and to Mr. R.A. Pullin of the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services.

Admission to, and continuance in, Honours Chemistry (Mathematics Option) requires an overall cumulative average of 60%. In addition, a 60% average must be obtained each term in all Chemistry lecture courses. A 60% average is required in all Mathematics courses.

In order to graduate with an Honours Chemistry (Mathematics Option) degree, the following requirements must be successfully completed:

  1. 23.5 credits including 4.5 lab credits.
  2. In Year Two, one of PHYS 222/252L 252/252L, 256/256L, 259/259L.
  3. Students are encouraged to include in their program an ethics course such as STV 100, PHIL 215, 226, SCI 263, 265.
  4. Failure of more than one course in the field of specialization will result in the student being required to withdraw from the program. Students may petition for re-admission; such re-admission is at the discretion of the Chemistry Undergraduate Committee and exceptional circumstances must justify it.
  5. Mandatory courses as listed below.


Year One
Fall

CHEM 121/120L
PHYS 121/121L
MATH 127, 125 (or 115 or 136, Winter)
One CS elective (0.5 credit)

Winter
CHEM 125/123L, 129
PHYS 112/112L
MATH 128
One elective (0.5 credit) (MATH 126 recommended)


Year Two
Fall

CHEM 10, 223/223L, 254/254L, 264
MATH 228, 227P (or 217, or AM 231)

Winter
CHEM 10, 212, 224L, 256, 265/265L
PHYS elective (0.75 credit) (Fall or Winter, see note 2 above)
One elective (0.5 credit)


Year Three
Fall

CHEM 10, 312, 358
CS 212
PHYS 364
One elective (0.5 credit)

Winter
CHEM 10, 312L, 358L, 359
PHYS 365
Three electives (1.5 credits)


Year Four
CHEM 10, 492A/B (1.5 credits)
Three Chemistry electives (1.5 credits) mainly from 400-level courses
Three Mathematics electives (1.5 credits) from 300- or 400-level courses
Two other electives (1.0 credit)

HONOURS CHEMISTRY (Thesis Option)
Program Advisor
: Professor S. Collins

Students who have achieved an average of 80% in all Chemistry courses, and 80% over all courses taken, may request to complete their degrees with a reduced course load and an increased research load. Admission is by interview after completion of Year Two in any Honours Chemistry or Biochemistry program, Regular or Co-operative.


Years One and Two
As at present in any Honours Chemistry or Biochemistry program
Years Three and Four
For students enrolled in any Honours Chemistry Program at the end of Year Two
: CHEM 323 and completion of core course requirements in two of three subdisciplines outside the thesis area and one of CHEM 496A-E, plus research courses, CHEM 392A/B and CHEM 495A/B. (A typical sequence of required courses for a student completing a degree in this program and specializing in, for example, organic chemistry, would be CHEM 312/313, 358/359 and 496D).
For students enrolled in any Honours Biochemistry Program at the end of Year Two: CHEM 323, 357 and completion of core course requirements in two of three subdisciplines outside the thesis area and CHEM 496B, plus research courses, CHEM 392A/B and 495A/B. (A typical sequence of required courses for a student completing a degree in this program and specializing in biochemistry would be CHEM 312/313, 362/368 and 496B).

Student performance is assessed by an Advisory Committee at the end of each academic term. Assessment is based on research-related activities (70%) and general knowledge of Chemistry (30%), and a satisfactory performance in each category will be required.

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Honours Chemical Physics (Joint with Physics Department)

Program Advisors: Professor W.K. Liu (Physics) and Professor J.W. Hepburn (Chemistry)

Chemical Physics is an emerging scientific discipline which includes roughly equal parts of both of the traditional fields of Chemistry and Physics.

Students wishing to follow this program in the Co-operative system of study should first speak to Professor Liu (Physics), Professor Hepburn (Chemistry), and to Mr. R.A. Pullin of the Department of Co-operative Education and Career Services.

Admission to, and continuance in, this program requires an overall cumulative average of 60%. In addition, a 60% average must be obtained in all Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics courses attempted in each term.

In order to graduate from this program, the following requirements must be successfully completed:

  1. 21.75 credits, including 4.0 laboratory credits.
  2. Students failing more than one Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics course will be required to withdraw from the program. Students may petition for re-admission; such re-admission is at the discretion of the Chemistry Undergraduate Committee, and exceptional circumstances must justify it.
  3. The courses identified in the core program must be taken. Students are encouraged to select electives from the lists of recommended electives, but other choices may be made in consultation with the program advisors.


Year One
Fall

PHYS 10
CHEM 121/120L
PHYS 121/121L, 123
MATH 127, 125 or 136

Winter
CHEM 125/123L, 129
PHYS 122/122L
MATH 128
One elective (0.5 credit)

Recommended Year One Electives
ENGL 109, 140R
PHIL 215


Year Two
Fall

CHEM 10 or PHYS 10
CHEM 212, 254
PHYS 252/252L
MATH 228
One elective (0.5 credit)

Winter
CHEM 10 or PHYS 10
CHEM 256 or PHYS 234
PHYS 253/253L
MATH 217 or 227P
Two electives (1.0 credit)

Recommended Year Two Electives
AM 251
CHEM 223/223L, 224L, 264
PHYS 256/256L, 259/259L, 263


Year Three
Fall

CHEM 10 or PHYS 10
CHEM 359
PHYS 360A or CHEM 254L
PHYS 364
Three electives (1.5 credit)

Winter
CHEM 10 or PHYS 10
CHEM 313/312L, 450
PHYS 359 or CHEM 358
PHYS 360B or CHEM 358L
Three electives (1.5 credit) or
Two electives (1.0 credit) plus PHYS 359


Year Four
Fall

CHEM 10 or PHYS 10
CHEM 312 or PHYS 435
CHEM 452C or PHYS 434
CHEM 492A or PHYS 437A
One elective (0.5 credit)

Winter
CHEM 10 or PHYS 10
CHEM 492B or PHYS 437B
Three electives (1.5 credits)

Recommended Year Three and Year Four Electives
AM 252
CHEM 323, 451, 454
PHYS 334, 352/352L, 353/353L, 365, 371A/B, 454


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Honours Environmental Chemistry

Program Advisor: Professor J.J. Sloan

Admission to, and continuance in, Honours Environmental Chemistry requires an overall cumulative average of 60%. In addition, a 60% average must be obtained in all Chemistry lecture courses each term.

In order to graduate with an Honours Environmental Chemistry degree, the following requirements must successfully completed:

  1. 22.75 credits including 3.75 lab credits.
  2. Students are encouraged to include in their program an ethics course such as STV 100, PHIL 215, 226, SCI 263, 265.
  3. Failure of more than one course in the field of specialization will result in the requirement to withdraw from the program. Students may petition for re-admission; such re-admission is at the discretion of the Chemistry Undergraduate Committee and exceptional circumstances must justify it.
  4. Mandatory courses as listed below.

Year One
Fall

CHEM 121/120L
ENV S 195
MATH 127
PHYS 121/121L
One 200-level Biology elective (0.5 credit)(BIOL 230, 240, recommended)

Winter
CHEM 125/123L, 129
MATH 128
PHYS 112/112L
BIOL 250 or ENV S 200

Year Two
Fall

CHEM 10, 223/223L, 254, 264
MATH 228 or AM 250
ENV S 201

Winter
CHEM 10, 212, 224L, 256, 265/265L
ERS 241
One elective (0.5 credit) (any of ENGL 210C, 210E, 210F strongly recommended)


Year Three
Fall

CHEM 10, 237/237L (Fall or Winter), 359
GEOG 309
STAT 204
One elective (0.5 credit)

Winter
CHEM 10, 303, 323
Three electives (1.5 credits)


Year Four
CHEM 10, 305, 492A/B
Seven electives (3.5 credits)
The electives must include:
Four additional Chemistry courses (2.0 lecture credits) (Recommended are: CHEM 312, 368, 412)
Four additional environmentally-related courses (2.0 credits) (Recommended are: BIOL 461; CH E 572, 574; ENV S 220; M E 469, 571; PHYS 480)

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Honours Major Programs Co-operative

Honours Co-operative Biochemistry

(see "Biology")

Honours Co-operative Biochemistry (Biotechnology Option)
(see "Biology")

Honours Co-operative Biology and Chemistry
(see "Biology")

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Honours Co-operative Applied Chemistry

Program Advisor: Professor G.E. Toogood

This program, which offers the Honours Chemistry courses integrated with six four-month work terms, extends over four and two-thirds years. (See "Co-operative Education and Career Services" for more information on the Co-operative programs.) Two streams of students study and work in alternate terms starting at the end of the 1A term, and recombine at the beginning of the 2B term.

Admission to, and continuance in, Honours Co-operative Applied Chemistry requires an overall cumulative average of 60%. In addition, students must achieve a 60% average in all Chemistry lecture courses each term.

In order to graduate with an Honours Co-operative Applied Chemistry degree, the following requirements must be successfuly completed:

  1. 24.5 credits including 5.5 lab credits.
  2. In Years Three and Four, students must choose six Chemistry courses from the list of Technical Electives with Chemistry Content (see chart above).
  3. Normally, full-time enrollment in one of Years Two and Three.
  4. Normally, full-time enrollment in Year Four.
  5. A minimum of four work terms, and submission of a minimum of four satisfactory work reports.
  6. Students are encouraged to include in their program an ethics course such as STV 100, PHIL 215, 226, SCI 263, 265.
  7. Failure of more than one course in the field of specialization will result in the requirement to withdraw from the program. Students may petition for re-admission; such re-admission is at the discretion of the Chemistry Undergraduate Committee and exceptional circumstances must justify it.
  8. Mandatory courses as listed below.

Stream 8

Fall Winter Spring
Year 1A Year 1B Work Term CHEM 121/120L CHEM 125/123L, 129 MATH 127 MATH 128 PHYS 121/121L PHYS 112/112L Two electives One elective (1.0 credit) (0.5 credit)
Year 2A Work Term Year 2B CHEM 10, 212, CHEM 224L, 256 223/223L, 265/265L 254/254L, 264 PHYS 259/259L MATH 228 Two electives (1.0 credit)

Stream 4


Fall Winter Spring
Year 1A Work Term Year 1B CHEM 121/120L CHEM 125/123L, 129 MATH 127 MATH 128 PHYS 121/121L PHYS 112/112L Two electives One elective (1.0 credit) (0.5 credit)
Work Term Year 2A Year 2B CHEM 10, 212, CHEM 224L, 256 223/223L, 265/265L 254/254L, 264 PHYS 259/259L MATH 228 Two electives (1.0 credit)

Both Stream 4 and Stream 8


Fall Winter Spring
Work Term Year 3A* Work Term CHEM 10, 313, 323, 358/358L, 368/368L One elective (0.5 credit)
Year 3B* Work Term Work Term CHEM 10, 312/312L, 359, 362 Two electives (1.0 credit)
Year 4 (Fall and Winter) CHEM 10, 492A/B Eight electives (4.0 credits)
* CHEM 312L, 358L and 368L may be taken in either of the 3A or 3B terms, and may be taken with, before or after CHEM 312, 358 and 368.

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Honours Co-operative Environmental Chemistry

Program Advisor: Professor J.J. Sloan

Admission to, and continuance in, Honours Co-operative Environmental Chemistry requires an overall cumulative average of 60%. In addition, a 60% average must be obtained in all Chemistry lecture courses each term

In order to graduate with an Honours Co-operative Environmental Chemistry degree, the following requirements must be successfully completed:

  1. 22.75 credits including 3.75 lab credits.
  2. Normally, full-time enrollment in one of Years Two and Three.
  3. Normally, full-time enrollment in Year Four.
  4. Successful completion of a minimum of four work terms, and submission of a minimum of four satisfactory work reports.
  5. Students are encouraged to include in their program an ethics course such as STV 100, PHIL 215, 226, SCI 263, 265.
  6. Failure of more than one course in the field of specialization will result in the requirement to withdraw from the program. Students may petition for re-admission; such re-admission is at the discretion of the Chemistry Undergraduate Committee and exceptional circumstances must justify it.
  7. Mandatory courses as listed below.

Stream 8

Fall Winter Spring
Year 1A Year 1B Work Term CHEM 121/120L CHEM 125/123L, 129 ENV S 195 MATH 128 MATH 127 PHYS 112/112L PHYS 121/121L One 200-level One 200-level Biology Biology elective elective (0.5 credit) (0.5 credit) (BIOL 230, 240 recommended)
Year 2A Work Term Year 2B CHEM 10, 223/223L, CHEM 10, 224L, 254, 264 256, 265/265L MATH 228 or AM 250 Three electives ENV S 201 (1.5 credits) (ENGL 210C strongly recommended)
Work Term Year 3A Work Term CHEM 10, 212, 237/237L, 303 ENV S 200, BIOL 250 or ERS 241 One elective (0.5 credit)
Year 3B Work Term Work Term CHEM 10, 359 GEOG 309 STAT 204 Two electives (1.0 credit)
Year 4 (Fall and Winter) CHEM 10, 305, 492A/B Seven electives (3.5 credits)

The electives must include: Four additional Chemistry courses (2.0 lecture credits) (Recommended are: CHEM 312, 368, 412) Four additional environmentally-related courses (2.0 credits) (Especially recommended are: BIOL 461; CH E 572, 574; ERS 241 or ENV S 200; M E 469, 571; PHYS 480) Four free electives (2.0 credits)


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Minor in Chemistry

In order to graduate with a Minor in Chemistry the following requirements must be met.

A student with more than three failed attempts at Chemistry lecture courses will not receive a Minor in Chemistry.

The following courses must be taken, with a minimum cumulative average of 60% in these courses:

  1. CHEM 120/123 or 121/125,120L/123L, 129.
  2. A minimum of 3.0 lecture credits from 200-level or higher Honours-level Chemistry courses, of which a minimum of 1.0 lecture credit must be from 300- or 400-level Chemistry courses.
  3. 0.5 lab credits beyond Year One appropriate to the lecture credits chosen.
  4. The following courses will not count towards the Minor in Chemistry: CHEM 218, 219, 228, 266, 267, 316, 366.

Check details with a Chemistry Undergraduate Officer.

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