48 months
19227 CAD/year
4798 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Chemistry Major program from Vancouver Island University focuses on experiential learning in small classes and labs.  

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Chemistry students from Vancouver Island University , studying in the Major or Minor, have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research with instructors who care about their success.  

Chemistry students can expand their learning with VIU’s state of the art Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL), where they can work on collaborative research projects with private sector and community partnerships.

B.Sc., Major in Chemistry: The goals of the program are to provide students the opportunity to pursue employment and post-graduate opportunities in Chemistry. 

The curriculum provides a molecular-level understanding of biological, chemical and physical processes and builds a strong appreciation for the underlying principles that govern structure reactivity, and bonding.

The program builds foundational knowledge in the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry, with a particular emphasis on the theory and practice of analytical and green chemistry. 

In the upper years, students can choose to specialize their Major in Chemistry by selecting electives in fields of Environmental Chemistry or Biological Chemistry. Students will gain an appreciation for the role of chemistry in many aspects of modern scientific enquiry, and all students will gain hands-on experience with modern chemical instrumentation and techniques.

Career Opportunities

The field of Chemistry is central to many scientific careers and provides a range of employment opportunities in academic, commercial, and public sectors

In addition to continuing their education the post-graduate level, graduates of the program will possess sufficient knowledge and skills to pursue the following careers;

  • Chemical Analyst
  • Lab Teaching Assistant
  • Research Technician
  • Secondary school chemistry and science educator
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry
  • Chemical and chemical forensics
  • Technical Sales and Service Representative
  • Quality control and assurance specialist
  • Environmental and Technical consultant
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Water/wastewater treatment technician/analyst
  • Abatement and remediation professional
  • Chemical Informatics
  • Science writer and public policy consultant

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Physics for the Physical Sciences
  • Physics for the Life Sciences
  • Calculus 
  • Calculus for Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Practical Spectroscopy 
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • graduation from a BC secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12;
  • previous degree from a recognized university;
  • visiting student from a college or university (a “Letter of Permission” from the home institution is required);
  • a transfer student from a college or university (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed); 
  • academic mature student category: 21 years of age (or will turn 21 during their first semester) and has a minimum “C” grade in either English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12.
  • A minimum "B" grade in either Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19227 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19227 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4798 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4798 CAD per year during 48 months.


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