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4.5.1 Department of Chemistry Program Information

4.5.1 Program Information

Chemistry is the science concerned with the properties of atoms and mol­ecules, of which all matter is composed. Chemistry is important for all as­pects of the material world - food production; the manufacture of medicines, textiles, and plastics; energy production; identifying environ­mental problems and remedies; and understanding the workings of living organisms. The department offers study in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and in biochemistry.

Chemistry Club: The Chemistry Club is the University of Manitoba Student Chapter of the Chemical Institute of Canada. The aim of the organization is to advance interest in chemistry. All students engaged in chemical stud­ies are eligible for membership in the chapter and are encouraged to apply. Regular meetings, tours, publications, etc., are planned by each year’s membership.

Scholarships and Awards: Several scholarships and awards are granted each year to Honours and Major students in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology on the basis of outstanding academic performance. To be eligible for these awards for any regular session, students are normally re­quired to have completed a full program with a minimum of 18 credit hours of Chemistry in that session. They must also be registered for a full program with a minimum of 18 credit hours of Chemistry in the next reg­ular session. Additional information is available from the Chemistry gener­al office.

The department must approve a student’s Honour or Major program each session. Students must also obtain departmental approval for any and all revisions to their program.

Honours Requirements

To enter the Honours program in Chemistry, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum DGPA of 3.00, and also obtained a minimum grade of “B” in CHEM 1310CHEM 1300, MATH 1500, MATH 1700, PHYS 1020 (PHYS 1050), and PHYS 1070 are required courses in this program and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses in first year.

To continue in the Chemistry Honours program, students must maintain a minimum DGPA of 3.00 and complete a minimum of 9 credit hours during each Fall and Winter Term.

To graduate from the Chemistry Honours program students must achieve a minimum DGPA of 3.00 and obtain a minimum grade of “C” on the courses that make up the 120 credit hours of the degree.

Four Year Major Requirements

To enter the Chemistry Major program a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum DGPA of 2.00 and also obtained a minimum grade of “C+ in CHEM 1310CHEM 1300, MATH 1500, MATH 1700, PHYS 1020 (PHYS 1050), and PHYS 1070 are required courses in this program and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses in first year.

To continue in the Major program, a student must have a DGPA of 2.00 at each point of assessment.

To graduate with the Bachelor of Science (Major) in Chemistry, a student must obtain a minimum DGPA of 2.00, and a minimum grade of C or better in all required Chemistry and Focus Area courses.

Students who, at the end of Year 1, are undecided between the four year Major and Honours programs should note that the prescription for Honours Year 2 satisfies both the Honours and Major program requirements.

Honours and Major Co-operative Options

A co-operative education option is available for both Major and Honours students. Students should refer to Section 3.5 of this chapter for further information on the Co-op programs.

Honours Co-op

The course, grade requirements and minimum DGPA requirement for entry and continuation in the Co-operative Option are the same as that for regular Honours program.

Students are required to complete 24 credit hours of Chemistry (including CHEM 2470 and either CHEM 2260 (the former CHEM 2280) or CHEM 2290) before beginning their first co-op work term.

Major Co-op

The course and minimum grade requirements for entry and continuation in the Co-operative Option are the same as those required for the regular Major program. However, the entry and continuation DGPA requirement is set at a minimum of 2.5.

Students are required to complete 24 credit hours of Chemistry (including CHEM 2470 and either CHEM 2260 (the former CHEM 2280) or CHEM 2290) before beginning their first co-op work term.

Chemistry Program Focus Areas

Students may elect to take courses that, in combination, make up a Chemistry focus area.  Currently, there are nine Chemistry focus areas.  They are: Bioanalytical, Biopharmaceutical, Biophysical, Environmental, Inorganic, Materials Science, Organic, Physical, and Quantum/Computational. Each focus area has specific course requirements that students will satisfy in order to graduate and receive the focus area notation on their transcripts.  Other focus areas may be selected with approval from the Department Head. 

Required Courses for each Chemistry Focus Area (Note: Students are responsible for completing all prerequisite courses required for the completion of a specific Focus Area).  The below course listings are not meant to be limiting. Plausible substitutions will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Chemistry on an individual basis.

Bioanalytical:  18 credit hours chosen from: CHEM 2550, CHEM 2370, CHEM 3260, CHEM 3570, CHEM 4550, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4630; plus a minimum of 9 credit hours from: BGEN 3020 (6), MBIO 2020, MBIO 3410, PHYS 2600, PHYS 2610, PHYS 2260, STAT 2000.

Biopharmaceutical: Each of: CHEM 3390, CHEM 3580, CHEM 4580, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4670, CHEM 4690; plus 9 credit hours chosen from: BIOL 2380, BIOL 2410, BIOL 2420, BIOL 2520, BIOL 3290, BIOL 4470.

Biophysical: 18 credit hours chosen from: CHEM 2370, CHEM 3360, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3490, CHEM 3570, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4620, CHEM 4630, CHEM 4640, CHEM 4700; plus 9 credit hours chosen from: BIOL 2500, BIOL 2520, MBIO 1410 or MBIO 3410, MBIO 3460, MBIO 4540.

Environmental: Each of: CHEM 2370, CHEM 2550, CHEM 4550, CHEM 4590, and 6 credit hours of 3000 or 4000 level Chemistry courses; plus at least 9 credit hours chosen from: ENVR 1000, ENVR 2000, ENVR 2180 (BIOL 2380), ENVR 3180, BIOL 4380.

Inorganic: 18 credit hours chosen from: CHEM 3390, CHEM 4680, CHEM 4570 (Topics in Inorganic Chemistry: Catalysis and Small Molecule Activation), CHEM 4570 (Topics in Inorganic Chemistry: Bioinorganic Chemistry), CHEM 4570 (Topics in Inorganic Chemistry: Inorganic Materials), CHEM 4802 (Topics in Analytical Chemistry: Materials Characterization), CHEM 3360; plus 9 credit hours from CHEM 3260, CHEM 3580, CHEM 4690, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3490, PHYS 2210 or PHYS 2600. (Note: The Inorganic Chemistry Focus Area does not include 9 hours of non-Chemistry courses.)

Materials Science: Each of: CHEM 3360, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3490, CHEM 4570, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4680; plus 9 credit hours from: BIOE 3320, ECE 3600, PHYS 2600, PHYS 2610. (MATH 1300 is highly recommended but does not count toward the 9 credit hour of non-Chemistry requirements).

Organic: 27 credit hours from: CHEM 3260, CHEM 3390, CHEM 3580, CHEM 4580, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4620, CHEM 4630, CHEM 4670, CHEM 4680, CHEM 4690. (Note: There are no non-Chemistry courses in the Organic Chemistry Focus Area)

Physical: 18 credit hours from: CHEM 3260, CHEM 3360, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3490, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, CHEM 4100, CHEM 4800 (Topics in Physical/Theoretical Chemistry); plus 9 credit hours from: MATH 2090, PHYS 2260, PHYS 2390, PHYS 2490 or PHYS 2496, PHYS 2600, PHYS 2610, the former PHYS 3680 or PHYS 4680. (MATH 1220 or MATH 1300 are highly recommended but will not count toward the 9 credit hours of non-Chemistry requirements.)

Quantum/Computational: Each of: CHEM 3260, CHEM 3360, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3580, CHEM 4640, CHEM 4670; plus 9 credit hours from: COMP 2160, COMP 2190, MATH 2090, MATH 2160, the former PHYS 2380 or PHYS 2386, PHYS 4250, PHYS 4520.

 Three Year Requirements

Courses taken as part of a three-year degree program provide an introduction to the major fields of study in Chemistry.  Students will have two options for a three year Degree under the Department of Chemistry.

Option A – Three Year General:  As prescribed with all other faculty regulations in Section 3.2, students in this program must select 18 credit hours of 2000, 3000, and (or) 4000 level cours­es from each of two Science areas. To satisfy the requirement in the area of Chemistry, students must select a minimum of 18 credit hours from the following list of advanced level courses:  CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2260 (CHEM 2280), CHEM 2290, CHEM 2360, CHEM 2370, CHEM 2400 (CHEM 2380), CHEM 2470, CHEM 3260 (CHEM 4660), CHEM 3360, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3390, CHEM 3400 (CHEM 3380), CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, CHEM 3590, CHEM 4100, CHEM 4360, CHEM 4370, CHEM 4570, CHEM 4580, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4620, CHEM 4630, CHEM 4640, CHEM 4660, CHEM 4670, CHEM 4680, CHEM 4690 (subject to the Faculty requirement that of the 36 credit hours in the two advanced level Science areas, at least 6 credit hours must be at the 3000/4000 level). 

Courses not allowed for use as advanced level courses in the 3-Year General Degree are: CHEM 2240, CHEM 2550, CHEM 2560, CHEM 2770, CHEM 2780, CHEM 2860, CHEM 4550, the former CHEM 4600, CHEM 4610 (6), CHEM 4650, CHEM 4700, and CHEM 4710.

Option B - Three Year B.Sc. – Chemistry Focus:  Students that choose this path for their three-year degree program will follow the program chart below.  The 24 credit hours of introductory courses and 36 credit hours of advanced level requirements have been prescribed in such a way so that students that follow the chart can seamlessly transfer to a 4-year Chemistry Honours or Major degree program should they choose to do so after the completion of the 90 credit hours listed in the chart.

Students anticipating a transfer to either the four year Major or Honours program at the end of their second or third year should consult with the Departmental Program Advisor before registering.

Laboratory Exemption Regulations

• valid for two calendar years only

• lab exemption given only one time per course

• laboratory marks are carried forward to the next course attempt

• students are responsible for laboratory questions on tests and examina­tions

• students must earn a minimum of 60% on the laboratory to be eligible for an exemption.

 

Biochemistry and Biotechnology* Programs

The Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with the Department of Microbiology, offers Joint Honours programs, Joint Honours Coopera­tive Options, Joint four year Major programs and a Joint four year Major Cooperative Options in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.* See sections 4.2 Biochemis­try Program and 4.4 Biotechnology Program* for full details.

*As of Fall 2018, admission to the Biotechnology programs has been temporarily suspended. For further information, see the Faculty of Science office.