Chemistry is the branch of physical science involving the study of the composition of substances, the ways in which their properties are related to their composition, and the interaction of substances to produce new materials.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
- Bachelor of Science, honours or major
- Any degree, minor
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.
The chemistry program at Mount Allison – fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC) – is designed to provide students with an education in the main branches of the subject, namely:
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, chemistry, physics, environmental science, mathematics, and psychology.
The chemistry and biochemistry department emphasizes experiential learning – you will graduate with 600 to 1,200 hours of lab experience, developing important analytical and presentation skills along the way.
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.
Find a list of chemistry courses in the academic calendar – chemistry.
Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, and an honours?
Popular career paths for chemistry graduates include:
- medical doctor
- 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
- pulp and paper chemist/paper product developer
- food scientist
- patent agent/lawyer
- science policy analyst/lawyer
- consulting agent
Travis Osmond ('15)
Bachelor of Science, chemistry
Co-founder, President and CEO at Kasis Environmental
Kasis Environmental focuses on a new material they developed in the lab, KCell, which could potentially replace the use of cyanide in the gold mining industry, providing an environmentally-friendly alternative.
“The hands-on experience you get through the lab components of your chemistry courses really helps you to understand the material you are learning in lecture. It also gives you the chance to learn the basic skills used in the research lab.
“Something truly special about the Chemistry department, and Mount A in general, is the opportunity to do research as soon as second year, which is an incredible opportunity you would not necessarily get at a bigger school. This chance to do research can open your eyes to experiences you may have otherwise overlooked. It also allows you to get to know your professors and for them to know you at a personal level, which is something I feel would be hard to find anywhere else but at Mount A.”
Maia Murphy (’19)
Honours chemistry, minor in biochemistry
Margaree Forks, NS
“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.”
Katherine Reiss (’19)
Honours chemistry, minors in computer science and biochemistry
“Having the chance to gain one-on-one experience with professors and lab instructors gives students the chance to make their learning more personal. As an upper year student, you also have the opportunity to serve as a mentor for younger students as a TA, tutor, or even in the lab. These opportunities aren’t common in many undergrad degrees and are just a small part of what makes Mount Allison so special!”
Keely McGill (’19)
Chemistry, minor in religious studies
“The fact that I, together with some of my colleagues, had the
opportunity to do research after our second year says a lot about the
program and the department as a whole. Their interest and love for
students is second to none and makes the program unique in many ways.”
Ernest Awoonor-Williams ('14)
Chemistry, minors in biochemistry and math
“The lab component is all hands-on and gives you a great opportunity
to interact with your professors and classmates, and apply a lot of what
you are learning in lectures. I was lucky enough to receive an NSERC
grant after my first year to do summer research, which definitely
sparked my interest and made me want to continue with chemistry.”
Erika Daley ('14)
“The faculty and staff really make the Chemistry department the place
to be. Our remarkable research groups, society, and academics
provide you with all the opportunity and experience you could ask for.”
Ashley Taweel ('14)
Chemistry students are provided with numerous opportunities to carry out independent research and to work with faculty on their research projects, even co-authoring papers with them. All faculty members in the chemistry and biochemistry department have active research programs that undergraduate students can get involved in by volunteering their time during the academic year, or by participating in the department's summer research program where students get paid a stipend for their efforts in the lab.
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.
Awards and prizes
The chemistry and biochemistry department offers a broad variety of awards, prizes, and scholarships which are available to qualified students.
- Harold Bigelow Prize
- R.P. Chapman Prize
- E. Lovett Prize
- Kendall Scott Memorial Prize in Chemistry
- Society of Chemical Industry Student Merit Award
- Murray Sears Memorial Prizes in Chemistry
- J.S. & A.C. Bowen Scholarship
- Carnegie Scholarship
Dr. Khashayar Ghandi
Associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry
Research includes (but is not limited to)
applications of physical chemistry and chemical physics in energy
and the environment in their broad sense