Chemistry is often called the central science as it deals specifically with the 112 elements that comprise all matter. Everything around us - the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, buildings we live in, cars we drive - our very bodies - are all made from these elements. There are five main branches of Chemistry:
- Analytical Chemistry - detection and measurement of chemical species used in fields like forensics
- Organic Chemistry - deals with carbon compounds, which are the main components of living matter
- Inorganic Chemistry - delves into all the remaining elements, most of which are found in the mineral world
- Physical Chemistry - is the study of the fundamental principles governing the behavior of matter
- Theoretical Chemistry - basic physical theories that provide frameworks within which all chemical phenomena is understood
The primary focus of the program is to provide you with extensive theoretical knowledge in all five branches of Chemistry, while enhancing your technical and practical skills with hands-on experience and research opportunities.
We offer BSc degrees with majors in Chemistry or Biochemistry. You can also select a General Science major and take Chemistry or Biochemistry courses as part of that major. If you already have your BSc we also offer MSc and PhD degrees.
The major in Chemistry for the 40-course BSc and BASc degree programs is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry and fulfills the requirements for professional standing in chemistry in Alberta through the Association for the Chemical Profession of Alberta.
Congratulations - You’re a Chemistry or Biochemistry student at the UofL! What now?
First, you’ll need to decide what courses to take and make sure they are offered when you need to take them. You may find you need some help with this process and we are here to answer your questions and provide support as you complete your degree.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is located in University Hall, 8th floor in the E section and the central office is E866, so please stop by.
Another valuable resource is our Program Planning Guides, guidelines for determining what courses you need to take and when. Please download them below. For additional advice visit our department office at E866 or A&S Advising in SU060.
While pursuing your degree at the UofL there are several opportunities to determine which area of Chemistry or Biochemistry best suits you. You can work in a research lab on an Independent or Applied Study, as a research assistant or even full-time as a Co-op student.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer. Students learn to use such instruments as a part of several undergraduate courses and during the research opportunities listed above. A list of our department members and their research is available here.
Why a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry?
Chemistry is a major for the broad-minded individual who is interested in integrating both qualitative and quantitative aspects of knowledge. Knowledge of chemistry is required for all fields of scientific endeavor: engineering, physics, biology and medicine.
At the same time, chemistry makes use of the tools of math and physics. A thorough grounding in math is an essential requirement for success in chemical studies.
Chemistry and Biochemistry are exciting areas of science to study. There are many areas within each discipline to focus on. Chemistry and Biochemistry professors at the University of Lethbridge do research in:
- Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
As an undergraduate you will experience advantages such as:
- Small class sizes
- Personalized interaction with professors
- State of the art instrumentation in research labs
For more details about being a Chemistry major visit Prospective Students.
- Congratulations on deciding to pursue a MSc or PhD in Chemistry or Biochemistry! There are many details involved in applying for Graduate Studies and the links below can help with that process.
The most important things you need to do:
- Decide what area you want to do your MSc or PhD in – Chemistry or Biochemistry
- Find a supervisor to work with (before you apply for admission to Graduate Studies)
- Apply to Grad School | MSc or PhD
- Meet our Faculty and see what kind of research they do
FAQs – answers to your questions and links to information.
Visit the School of Graduate Studies web page to apply to Graduate School.
Faculty members in chemistry & biochemistry welcome students into their labs in many research areas.
- | Analytical: detection and measurement of chemical species used in fields like forensics
- Dr. Peter Dibble | Organic: deals with carbon compounds, which are the main components of living matter
- Dr. René Boeré, Dr. Michael Gerken & Dr. Paul Hayes | Inorganic: all the remaining elements, most of which are found in the mineral world
- Dr. Andrew Hakin & Dr. Paul Hazendonk | Physical: the study of the fundamental principles governing the behavior of matter
- Dr. Marc Roussel & Dr. Stacey Wetmore | Computational & Theoretical: basic physical theories that provide frameworks which all chemical phenomena is understood
Looks at the chemical and physical basis of life systems at the molecular level and how these microcosms interact with their environments.
- Dr. Ute Kothe
- Dr. Steven Mosimann
- Dr. Trushar Patel
- Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden
- Dr. Nehal Thakor
- Dr. Athanasios Zovoilis
Please explore our faculty's research areas and contact them directly if you are interested in opportunties in their labs.
What can you do with a Chemistry or Biochemistry degree? LOTS! There are many obvious choices and some that are not.
- Science Teacher
- Medical Doctor
- Research Assistant
- Environmental Scientist
- Genetic Counsellor
- Science/Technical Writer
- Hazard Waste Management Technician
- Food inspector
For more ideas see our Career page.
While pursuing your degree, you can gain research experience in our labs and by working for external organizations. For full details click here.
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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Lethbridge
Faculty of Arts and Science
E866 University Hall
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
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