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Disclaimer: Sample course outlines linked below are provided for general information on the expectations with regard to course content, workload, requirements, and policies involved in the course.Please note, the most recent syllabus is available from your course instructor or from your course website, once you are enrolled.  

1000 Level Courses

Introduction to chemistry with emphasis on physical and electronic structure of matter, including gases, liquids and solids. Topics include behaviour of gases; thermochemistry; atomic structure and periodic table; chemical bonding and architecture; structure of liquids and solids; frontiers of chemistry.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisites: 12U chemistry or SC/CHEM 1500 4.00 or equivalent.  

Course credit exclusions: SC/CHEM 1100 3.00, SC/ISCI 1201 3.00, SC/ISCI 1210 6.00. 

View the CHEM 1000 Course Outline

This course complements SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 - with emphasis on chemical change and equilibrium. Topics include chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; entropy and free energy as driving forces for chemical change; electrochemistry; frontiers in chemistry.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisites: 12U chemistry or SC/CHEM 1500 4.00 or equivalent.  

Course credit exclusions: SC/ISCI 1202 3.00, SC/ISCI 1210 6.00. 

View the CHEM 1001 Course Outline

The course is designed for Engineering students interested in refreshing and expending their general chemistry knowledge while exploring the relationship between structure of matter, properties and processing. This course will focus mainly at covering important introductory concept to understand solution chemistry including reactivity, thermochemistry, structure and properties of materials.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisites: 12U chemistry or equivalent.  

Course credit exclusion: SC/CHEM 1000 3.00. 

View the CHEM 1100 Course Outline

An introductory course in chemistry for students needing an adequate preparation for SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 and SC/CHEM 1001 3.00. Topics include basic atomic theory, stoichiometry, the periodic table, chemical bonding, equilibria, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction and organic chemistry. Each student is counselled by a faculty adviser to enrol either in this course or in SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 and SC/CHEM 1001 3.00 depending on previous chemistry experience.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisites: May not be taken by any student who has taken or is currently taking another university course in chemistry. 

View the CHEM 1500 Course Outline

An introductory course in chemistry as applied to the nursing profession. Provides an overview of the basic chemical and biochemical concepts relevant to the understanding and promotion of human health and wellness.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: Only open to students in the Second Entry Nursing Program. 

View the CHEM 1550 Course Outline

2000 Level Courses

This course is an introduction to equilibrium chemical thermodynamics. The three laws of thermodynamics and the thermodynamic state functions are described. Many applications are considered, including the operation of heat engines, phase transformations, thermochemistry and chemical reaction equilibria. 

Format: Lectures, Tutorials 

Prerequisites: SC/MATH 1014 3.00, or SC/MATH 1505 6.00 with a minimum grade of B; SC/CHEM 1001 3.00 or SC/CHEM 1100 4.00. 

View the CHEM 2011 Course Outline

An introduction to organic chemistry: nomenclature, bonding, structure, resonance, reactivity, thermodynamics, kinetics, preparation and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides and alcohols, with mechanisms.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 1000 3.00, SC/CHEM 1001 3.00.  

Course credit exclusion: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00. 

View the CHEM 2020 Course Outline

An introduction to organic chemistry: spectroscopic determination, preparation and reactions of ethers, epoxides, aromatic rings, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, with mechanisms. 

Format: Lectures, Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2020 3.00.  

Course Credit exclusion: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00. 

View the CHEM 2021 Course Outline

The descriptive chemistry of the more common elements is discussed within the context of qualitative inorganic analysis. Principles of ionic equilibria in aqueous solution, elementary coordination chemistry and electrochemical potentials are presented.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials 

Prerequisites: Both SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 and SC/CHEM 1001 3.00. 

View the CHEM 2030 Course Outline

An introduction to biochemistry for chemistry students. Course material includes cellular functions, biomolecules and metabolism.  

Format: Lectures, Labs 

Prerequisite or corequisite: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00.  

Course credit exclusions: SC/BIOL 2020 3.00, SC/BCHM 2020 3.00. 

View the CHEM 2050 Course Outline

Introduction to quantitative chemical analysis and the analytical method; errors and statistical analysis of data; gravimetric and volumetric methods of analysis including acid-base, precipitation, complexation and redox titrimetry, the effect of equilibria on chemical analysis; introduction to potentiometry and spectrophotometry.  

Format: Lectures, Labs 

Prerequisites: Both SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 and SC/CHEM 1001 3.00. 

View the CHEM 2080 Course Outline

An introduction to the general principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 1550 3.00 or SC/BIOL 2020 3.00 or SC/BCHM 2020 3.00 or SC/BIOL 2020 4.00  

Note: Preference in enrolment will be given to students in the Second Entry Nursing Program.  

Course Credit Exclusion: SC/SENE 3073 3.00. 

View the CHEM 2550 Course Outline

3000 Level Courses

A laboratory course in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, including basic instruction in data handling, use of the literature and formal report writing.  

Format: Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00, SC/CHEM 2030 3.00, SC/CHEM 2080 4.00. Prerequisite or corequisite: SC/CHEM 2011 3.00.  

View the CHEM 3000 Course Outline

A second, advanced laboratory course in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, building on SC/CHEM 3000 3.00.  

Format: Tutorials, Labs 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3000 3.00.  

View the CHEM 3001 Course Outline

An introduction to quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and statistical thermodynamics with applications to atoms and small molecules. Electronic structure and chemical bonds.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2011 3.00, SC/CHEM 2030 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3010 Course Outline

This is an introductory course in chemical kinetics as applied primarily to reactions in the gas phase but also in solution and at electrode surfaces.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 2011 3.00 

View the CHEM 3011 Course Outline

Intermediate topics in NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, carbanion and enol chemistry and introductory heterocyclic chemistry, with biochemical examples.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3020 Course Outline

A course building on SC/CHEM 3020 3.00, dealing with a variety of advanced reactions and stereochemistry.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3020 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3021 Course Outline

The chemistry of the transition metals is discussed from an historical perspective and within the context of modern theories of bonding, structure and spectroscopy. Topics include classical coordination compounds, organometallics, metallocenes, metal carbonyls and bioinorganic chemistry.  

Format: Lectures, Tutorials 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2021 3.00 or SC/CHEM 2020 6.00; SC/CHEM 2030 3.00 

View the CHEM 3030 Course Outline

An introduction to physical and theoretical methods in inorganic chemistry. Topics are selected from the following: atomic structure and spectra, molecular orbital and ligand field theory, bonding, electronic spectroscopy, magnetism of metal complexes, photochemistry, electrochemistry, solid state chemistry, metal-metal bonding.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3030 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3031 Course Outline

A detailed discussion of enzyme structure and function. The chemistry and metabolism of biological molecules. Metabolic regulation at the level of enzyme activity. Knowledge of general concepts of metabolism and of basic aspects of enzyme structure and function is assumed.  

Format: Lectures 

Note: Cross-listed to SC/BIOL 3010 and SC/BCHM 3010 

Prerequisites: SC/BIOL 2020 3.00 or SC/BCHM 2020 3.00 or SC/CHEM 2050 4.00; SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3050 Course Outline

A discussion of the structures and functions of naturally occurring macromolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, polysaccharides and related macromolecular conjugates.  

Format: Lectures 

Note: Cross-listed to SC/BIOL 3051 and SC/BCHM 3051 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00 and either SC/CHEM 2050 4.00 or SC/BCHM 2020 3.00 or SC/BIOL 2020 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3051 Course Outline

An introductory course linking chemistry and atmospheric science. Topics include atmospheric evolution; biogeochemical cycles; sources, transformations and sinks of atmospheric species; human impacts such as acid rain, photochemical smog and depletion of the ozone layer.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: Both SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 and SC/CHEM 1001 3.00; one of SC/MATH 1010 3.00, SC/MATH 1014 3.00, SC/MATH 1310 3.00, SC/MATH 1505 6.00.  

This course introduces students to mechanisms underlying chemical sources and fate in the environment. The reactions and partitioning of organic and inorganic compounds will be discussed on a molecular level allowing students to understand and predict chemical fate and distribution. Critical environmental processes that determine the fate of organic pollutants, including abiotic oxidation and reduction reactions, as well as biological processing, will be examined. The biogeochemical cycles and reactions that determine the environmental fate of metals will be described. The chemistry driving important environmental issues, including ocean acidification, pollutant transport, and bioaccumulation will also be addressed. Students will gain an appreciation for and become familiar with the current state of understanding of the chemical mechanisms in the environment.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: CHEM 2021 3.00. 

An in-depth look at various topics on the evolution of chemistry in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, dye, agrichemical, food, personal care, cosmetic and detergent industries, including recent environmentally friendly approaches (green chemistry).  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3070 Course Outline

A practical look into the pharmaceutical industry, providing an overview of the drug discovery process. Topics include choosing disease states to study, pharmacological assays, rational drug design, synthetic and analytical chemistry, toxicology, drug metabolism and clinical trials.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/BIOL 2020 3.00 or SC/BCHM 2020 3.00 or SC/CHEM 2050 4.00; SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00.  

Course credit exclusion: SC/CHEM 3075 3.00. 

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of modern drug development such as how the structure, metabolism, route of administration, additives in formulation, etc. play key roles in determining a drug's activity and efficacy. The course explains how a molecule can be identified as a leading compound (by high throughput screenings or computational modeling) and then optimized to ensure maximum efficacy and minimal side effects. The course is mainly focused on elements of structural biology and the pharmacological aspects of medicinal chemistry. Overall, the course is designed to make sure that students are familiarized with the idea of drug design and development, and the recent approaches taking place in this field of science.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2020 3.00, SC/CHEM 2021 3.00 and either SC/CHEM 2050 4.00 or SC/BIOL/BCHEM 2020 3.00.  

Course Credit Exclusion: SC/CHEM 3071 3.00. 

The theory and application of a variety of common modern quantitative instrumental methods. Topics include calibrations; basic electronics; signal processing; optical systems; atomic and molecular absorption and emission spectroscopies; gas, liquid, and ion chromatography; and electroanalytical techniques. This course covers applications to modern chemical analysis of samples relevant to industry, medicine, environment, and others.  

Format: Lectures, Labs 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2080 4.00; SC/PHYS 1010 6.00 or SC/PHYS 1410 6.00 or SC/PHYS 1420 6.0 or SC/PHYS 1012 3.00 or SC/PHYS 1412 3.00 or SC/PHYS 1422 3.00 or SC/ISCI 1310 6.0 or SC/ISCI 1302 3.00.  

Course Credit Exclusions: SC/SENE 2081 3.00 and SC/SENE 2082 3.00 

View the CHEM 3080 Course Outline

Classification and structure of polymers: molecular weights, synthesis, kinetics, statistics, characterization techniques and thermodynamics. Polymers in the solid state, crystallinity and advanced materials.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00. 

View the CHEM 3090 Course Outline

4000 Level Courses

An original laboratory or theoretical project, supported by studies of the relevant scientific literature. Evaluation is based on practical performance, an oral presentation and a written thesis. May be carried out in one term or two consecutive terms. At least 288 hours of work on the project are required. Detailed guidelines are given in the departmental handbook.  

Format: Lectures, Labs 

Prerequisite: This course is open only to Honours students with at least 84 credits and has special enrolment requirements. Please contact the chemistry department well in advance for enrolment details. 

View the CHEM 4000 Course Outline - 4cr

An original laboratory or theoretical project, supported by studies of the relevant scientific literature. Evaluation is based on practical performance, an oral presentation and a written thesis. May be carried out in one term or two consecutive terms. At least 288 hours of work on the project are required. Detailed guidelines are given in the departmental handbook.  

Format: Lectures, Labs 

Prerequisite: This course is open only to Honours students with at least 84 credits and has special enrolment requirements. Please contact the chemistry department well in advance for enrolment details.  

Course credits exclusion: SC/BCHM 4000 8.00. 

View the CHEM 4000 Course Outline - 8cr

An independent research project, supervised by a faculty member specializing in Biochemistry. Evaluation is based on practical performance, an oral presentation and a written thesis. May be carried out in one term or two consecutive terms. At least 288 hours of work on the project are required. Detailed guidelines are provided in the Biochemistry Handbook.  

Format: Lectures, Labs 

Prerequisite: Only open to Honours Biochemistry students in the final year of study, or by permission of the program.  

Course credits exclusion: SC/CHEM 4000 8.00. 

View the CHEM 4000 Course Outline - 8cr

Introduction to quantum mechanics; solutions of the Schroedinger equation describing molecular vibrations and rotations; electronic structure; molecular orbitals; computational methods.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3010 3.00. 

View the CHEM 4010 Course Outline

A course concentrating on strategies of synthesizing complex molecules, with emphasis on carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions, blocking groups, regioselectivity and stereochemical methods.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3021 3.00 

View the CHEM 4021 Course Outline

Advanced topics, including methods for determining mechanisms, the study of reactive intermediates (carbocations, carbanions, carbenes, carbon radicals), acid catalysis and other aspects of mechanistic organic chemistry.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3021 3.00 

Explores, in detail, the application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for the identification of organic reaction products and other organic and organometallic unknowns. It is intended primarily for students with a basic knowledge of NMR spectroscopy. The main focus is to establish molecular structure using modern NMR techniques.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3020 3.00 or SC/CHEM 3000 3.00. 

View the CHEM 4024 Course Outline

Advanced topics in inorganic chemistry, including organometallic synthesis and characterization, ligand classification, reaction types and catalysis.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3030 3.00; SC/CHEM 3031 3.00 is recommended. 

View the CHEM 4031 Course Outline

This course describes modern methods of bioanalytical chemistry in their application to the analysis of biological polymers: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. Analytical aspects of genomics and proteomics are considered.  

Format: Lectures 

Note: Cross-listed to SC/BIOL 4051 and SC/BCHM 4050 

Prerequisites: SC/BIOL 2020 3.00 or SC/BCHM 2020 3.00 or SC/ CHEM 2050 4.00; SC/BIOL 2021 3.00 or SC/BCHM 2021 3.00; SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00. 

Bio-organic and bio-inorganic topics: active sites in enzymes and metalloproteins, coenzymes; abiotic models; aromatic natural products, terpenoids and some alkaloid classes.  

Format: Lectures 

Note: Cross-listed to SC/BIOL 4051 and SC/BCHM 4051 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2020 6.00 or SC/CHEM 2021 3.00 and either SC/BCHM 2020 3.00 or SC/BIOL 2020 3.00 or SC/CHEM 2050 4.00 or SC/BCHM 2020 4.00 or SC/BIOL 2020 4.00; SC/CHEM 2030 4.00 or SC/CHEM 2030 3.00 is strongly recommended. 

View the CHEM 4051 Course Outline

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of chemical biology, which focuses on the use of chemistry to study, probe, re-engineer, and exploit biological systems. Topics covered will include cellular profiling or biomolecules; chemical genetics; genetic and protein engineering; and synthetic biology. The course will focus largely on the applications of chemical biology to human health and disease. 

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 3021 3.00, and SC/CHEM 2050 4.00 or SC/BCHM 2020 3.00 or SC/BIOL 2020 3.00. NCR  

Note: Not open to students who have passed CHEM 4051 3.00 in FW 2018 or FW 2019. 

View the CHEM 4052 Course Outline

Advanced theory and practice of high-resolution separation techniques, especially high-resolution chromatography and capillary electrophoresis, with emphasis on the practical application of advanced theories and the problem of optimizing separation procedures. Analytical procedures as integrated methods. Possibilities and limitations of interfacing sample injection, separation method and detection.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisite: SC/CHEM 3080 4.00. 

View the CHEM 4080 Course Outline

This course will develop Mass Spectrometry as an analytical tool in chemistry and biochemistry, at an advanced level. The course will be delivered in three sections: instrumentation, theory and applications. Topics will include ionization, mass analyzers, ion dissociation, ion mobility, qualitative and quantitative analysis with various applications, including in the health and medical sciences.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 3020 3.00 or SC/CHEM 3080 4.00. 

Exploring the chemistry behind novel materials relevant to electronics, alternative energy sources, life sciences and polymer sciences. 

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 3021 3.00 and SC/CHEM 3030 3.00; SC/CHEM 3031 3.00 is strongly recommended. 

View the CHEM 4090 Course Outline

Principles, practical details and computational methods of X-ray crystallographic structure determination. Students carry out an original structure determination from raw reflection data.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 2011 3.00 and SC/CHEM 3051 3.00. 

View the CHEM 4092 Course Outline

An introduction to materials used for biomedical applications for students with background in chemistry, physics and biology. Emphasis is on biological and biomimetic surfaces, interactions at the biomaterial/tissue interfaces, and mechanisms involved with biologically driven materials self-assembly.  

Format: Lectures 

Prerequisites: SC/CHEM 3051 3.00 or SC/CHEM 3090 3.00. 

View the CHEM 4093 Course Outline