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Undergraduate Chemistry Program

First-Year Students

CHEM 111, 113 or CHEM 121, 123 is the normal prerequisite for admission to chemistry specializations. The difference between the two lies in the background of the student: those students with credit for Chemistry 11 only take CHEM 111, 113, whereas those with credit for Chemistry 12 take CHEM 121, 123. In addition, students applying for entrance to chemistry specializations must have completed MATH 100 and MATH 101 (or their equivalents).

Second-Year Students

Students are required to have completed the equivalent of two one-semester introductory chemistry courses. Students intending to take organic chemistry (CHEM 203/213 or CHEM 233) should be familiar with the organic chemistry content found in CHEM 123.

Third-Year Students

It is recommended that students taking BIOL 201 (or BIOC 300) should have completed a university-level biology course with cell biology content (e.g., BIOL 200). Major students normally complete the laboratory courses CHEM 325 and CHEM 345 in third year to have prerequisites for the fourth year laboratory course CHEM 445.

Fourth-Year Students

It is recommended that students taking BIOL 201 (or BIOC 300) should have completed a university-level biology course with cell biology content (e.g., BIOL 200).

Major students are required to take the laboratory course CHEM 445. With permission from the Undergraduate Advisor, CHEM 449 may substitute for CHEM 445 and 3 credits of 400-level CHEM lecture electives. Honours students are required to take CHEM 449.

Useful Links

Chemistry Academic Calendar
UBC Online Course Schedule