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Includes: Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Professional School Preparation.

Chemistry influences our daily lives from the tools we use and the materials which we surround ourselves with to the medicinal and personal products we use to maintain our health and fitness. York’s cutting-edge program recognizes the most recent developments in chemistry such as proteomics and nanotechnology. The stream in Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry explores the interaction between biological systems and chemicals such as pharmaceuticals. York’s professors are devoted to teaching and are very active in the forefront of research. In first year, you are offered personalized assistance in a small group setting. Chemistry provides excellent preparation for entrance to professional schools in the health sciences (including medicine, dentistry or pharmacy), graduate studies and research in all areas of chemistry, and career paths in the chemical or pharmaceutical sectors of industry, business and government.

12U Requirements

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • One additional 4U or M science
  • And two additional 4U or M courses
  • Physics (SPH4U) (Recommended)
  • Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U) (Recommended)


  • Highest level Chemistry
  • Highest level Mathematics
  • Highest level of one other science

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum, to see a full list of course equivalents, please visit:

Typical First-Year Courses

  • Chemistry
  • Physics and/or Biology
  • Calculus
  • Computer Use
  • General Education course

Experiential Education

Experiential Education (EE) gives students the opportunity to apply theories learned in the classroom to concrete experiences. These experiences can occur within a course, community, or work/professional setting. The goal of EE is to deepen the learning objectives of a course or program, allowing students to better retain their knowledge of new concepts and be better prepared for life after graduation.

InternshipAnalytical Chemist (Toronto Research Chemicals)Conduct experiments and interpret/report analysis on samples of various sources. Order lab equipment, and adhere to the health and safety standards of a lab.
InternshipSynthetic Organic Chemist (Toronto Research Chemicals)Plan, develop and troubleshoot complex multi-step syntheses. Characterize products of complex structures, perform/process development, and research for advanced purification techniques.
InternshipWeighing Associate (Toronto Research Chemicals)Weigh chemicals, fill vials, label products for consumer orders while keeping an accurate report. Organize space and dispose of material appropriately.
Co-opDosage and Product Demonstration Launch Chemist (Apotex)Perform analysis of lab samples including raw material, inprocess, finished products and stability samples using analytical procedures and techniques. Calibrate lab equipment and document all observations.
Co-opGlobal Pharmacovigilance Coordinator (Apotex)Gather, evaluate, organize and analyze information. Undertake Global safety database validation tests and assist with reconciliation activities.
Co-opCleaning Validation Coordinator (Apotex)Perform validation sampling of manufacturing equipment of product drug active, detergent and microbial residues. Communicate analytic testing to the lab for swab sampling, troubleshoot assistance, review assessments, extract and organize data from the lab, production, and packaging documents.

How to Apply

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.

Important Note: Deadlines for each entry period (Fall, Winter & Summer) can be found on the York University Future Students Website.


A degree from the Faculty of Science opens the door to many different pathways and opportunities. York Science offers an ideal learning environment to achieve your highest potential. Our programs are known for academic excellence, with professors who are committed to your success.

Our Experiential Education Coordinator provides career support services to students looking to engage in experiential learning, including co-op and internship workshops, resume help, interview prep, and much more.

The Career Center at York offers free support and resources to students such as career development workshops, one-on-one appointments, networking events, and job boards.

Career Possibilities

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Materials Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Organic Chemist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Cosmetic Chemist
  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Water Quality Analyst
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Clinical Trial Coordinator
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Technical Writer
  • Quality Assurance Chemist
  • Process Development Chemist
  • Forensic Lab Analyst
  • Chemical Information Specialist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Food and Drug Analyst
  • Pollution Controller
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Education – elementary, high school, college, university
  • Professional Schools – Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, Business, etc
  • Graduate Studies/Academic Careers