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Chemistry is a "physical" science which deals with structures, properties, reactions, syntheses and uses of substances. The general purpose of studies in chemistry is to increase our understanding of the structure and behavior of the matter of our environment. By its nature, chemistry is interdisciplinary and occupies a central position among the sciences.
Society requires chemists to apply their particular knowledge to present and future needs. A knowledge of chemistry is important to the solution of problems in important areas of the environment, medicine, and the utilization of resources. Thus the study of chemistry leads to a wide variety of professional vocations. The large science-based industries (petroleum refining, plastics, pharmaceuticals, synthetic fibers, etc.), all employ chemists and chemical engineers in key operational roles and in production, research and development. An increasing number of federal and provincial departments and agencies employ chemists in research and testing laboratories. The teaching of chemistry in a high school, technical institute or university is also a rewarding way to contribute to the needs of society.
The Undergraduate Curriculum
In the Mount Allison Chemistry program, the subject matter of the several sub-divisions of chemistry is interrelated and integrated. The first year program is designed to consolidate and elaborate on students' previous background in chemistry. All first year students in B.Sc. programs are required to enroll in Chemistry 1001/1021. Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate chemistry program, "A" Level Chemistry (UK) or the Advanced Placement Program (chemistry), should consult with the Department Head for possible credits and/or admission into second year courses.
The second and third year program introduces and explores the core areas of Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry in depth, usually in small classes.
The fourth year program offers students some choice and flexibility in their course selection. The curriculum covers advanced courses in a variety of areas of chemistry. In addition, students can take Selected Topics in Chemistry or Special Topics in Experimental Chemistry.
Research projects are available for Honours students in the summer months following the third year and sometimes after the first and the second years. Financial support for up to 4-months is available through scholarships, fellowships and other support made available especially for this purpose.
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