Chemistry studies the composition of substances, the ways in which their properties are related to their composition, and the interaction of substances to produce new materials.


Chemistry studies the composition of substances, the ways in which their properties are related to their composition, and the interaction of substances to produce new materials.

The general purpose of studies in chemistry is to increase our understanding of the structure and behaviour of the matter of our environment. A knowledge of chemistry is important to the solution of problems in important areas of the environment, medicine, and the utilization of resources.

Accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Science (BSc), major or honours


At Mount Allison, the Chemistry program is designed to provide students with an education in the main branches of the subject.


  • analytical
  • organic
  • inorganic
  • physical
  • computational

In upper years, students are offered some choice and flexibility with a curriculum that covers advanced courses, including:

  • advanced organic chemistry
  • physical organic chemistry
  • nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • physical chemistry: statistical thermodynamics, computational chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry: organometallics, physical aspects, bioinorganic, structure and bonding in main group chemistry
  • advanced quantum mechanics
  • environmental chemistry

The interdisciplinary nature of chemistry means you may also take courses in biology, physics, environmental science, mathematics, and psychology.

Chemistry is available as:

  • BSc major (63 credits)
  • BSc honours (81 credits)
  • Minor in any degree (24 credits)

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry — our Master of Science program offers the opportunity to pursue a Master's degree in a small, intimate environment.


Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Chemistry graduates include:  

  • medical doctor
  • dentist
  • pharmacist/pharmaceutical chemist
  • forensic lab analyst/pathologist
  • quality assurance/control chemist
  • industrial chemist
  • research chemist
  • environmental chemist
  • product tester/developer
  • chemical and drug sales representative
  • water quality analyst/technician
  • brewmaster
  • pulp and paper chemist/paper product developer
  • food scientist
  • teacher/professor
  • patent agent/lawyer
  • science policy analyst/lawyer
  • consulting agent

Alumni Spotlight

Travis Osmond ('15)
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
Co-founder, President and CEO at Kasis Environmental

» Mount Allison alumnus, professor establish company with focus on environmentally-friendly mining alternatives


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During my Chemistry degree at Mount Allison, I was able to get so much hands-on experience in the lab, which allowed me to gain valuable skills early on as an undergrad student! Apart from just research skills, it has also allowed me to build great relationships with professors, and gain experience as a TA.

Honours Chemistry, minor in Museum and Curatorial Studies
Moncton, NB
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The Chemistry program at Mount Allison offers unparalleled hands-on research opportunities as early as first year. The close-knit nature of the program means professors provide continual support and guidance throughout your academic journey. If you’re passionate about science and are seeking to better understand the world around you, I highly recommend this program.

Honours Chemistry, minors in Computer Science and Biochemistry (Rhodes Scholar)
Vancouver, BC


Experiential learning

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emphasizes experiential learning — you will graduate with 600 to 1,200 hours of lab experience, developing important analytical and presentation skills along the way.

L.H. Cragg Resource Centre

Generously donated by the Mount Allison Class of 1949, the L.H. Cragg Resource Centre plays an integral part in research done by Science students by providing computing facilities and software to help analyze and present data collected during research.

Undergraduate research

Research is a key component of the department's approach. You will be encouraged to take advantage of faculty-supervised independent research, job opportunities as summer research assistants, and chances to contribute to faculty research projects, which often leads to co-authoring a paper with your professor for publication.

Graduate research

Mount Allison offers a Master of Science degree in Chemistry in which both the course and research components may be completed on campus. Graduate students are paid a stipend by the Department, while exceptional students may also be eligible for a Rice Memorial Fellowship.


Bachelor of Science
Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menus below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science.

Academic Awards


Mount A is #2 in student awards

Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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