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Amazing student experiences, state-of-the-art facilities, and opportunities to make your place in the world.UPEI continues to excel in student enrolment, research, and faculty awards.ChemistryState-of-the-art chemistry in an interactive environment

Central to most fields of science, chemistry helps us to understand a range of topics including environmental issues, drugs and medicine, production of plastics and other materials, and nutrition. A fundamental understanding of chemistry is also important and interesting for its own sake. There is a great demand for chemists in many industries and government agencies. In fact, the chemical industry in Charlottetown and the rest of Canada is a booming business.

At UPEI we focus on providing truly excellent undergraduate and graduate programs while carrying out innovative chemical research. Our four-year BSc Honours, Majors, Minors, and Master’s degrees are accredited through the Canadian Society for Chemistry. There is a tremendous sense of excitement in both teaching and research in Chemistry at UPEI.

The department is located in the K. C. Irving Chemistry Centre, which is fully equipped with dedicated research labs, undergraduate teaching labs, student computer room, and "smart” classrooms. We have a very active Chemistry Student Society, which organizes Chemistry Open Houses, fundraising barbecues, golf days, and other social events.

Course StructureHonours

The Honours Program in Chemistry is designed to provide research experience at the undergraduate level within the BSc program. It is available to students with a strong academic background who intend to continue studies at the post-graduate level in Chemistry or some related field, or to students who intend to pursue a career where research experience would be an asset.

The Honours Program differs from the major in requiring a two-semester research course with thesis report, in the requirement of 126 semester hours for the degree and in the requirement of an additional five advanced Chemistry courses. The following are the course requirements for the Honours Program in Chemistry:

First Year 

  • Biology 1310-1320 - General Biology I and II
  • Physics 1110-1120 or 1210-1220 - General Physics
  • Mathematics 1910-1920 - Single Variable Calculus I and II
  • Electives (6 semester hours)
  • Chemistry 2310 - Physical Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 2720 - Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Mathematics 2910 - Multivariable and Vector Calculus
  • Electives (9 semester hours)
  • Chemistry 3420 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 3530 - Biochemistry 
  • Chemistry elective (3 semester hours) 
  • Mathematics elective (3 semester hours) 
  • Electives (6 semester hours)
  • Chemistry 4410 - Physical Organic Chemistry 
  • Chemistry 4670 - Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms and Catalysis OR
  • Chemistry 4900 - Honours Thesis (12 semester hours)
  • Chemistry electives (6 semester hours)
  • Electives (9 semester hours) 

The Chemistry electives may be chosen from among Chemistry courses numbered: 2020, 2820, 4610, 4620, 4640, 4670, 4680, or 4690. The Mathematics elective may be chosen from Statistics 1210, 3210, Mathematics 2610 or 3010 in consultation with the Chair. As well, students in the Honours Program in Chemistry are strongly advised to take Physics 2120 (Electricity, Magnetism, and Circuits) and/or Physics 3120 (Electromagnetism I).

Honours students should note that Chemistry 4900 is a two- semester course and carries twelve semester hours of credit. No credit for the first semester will be granted without successful completion of the second semester of the course.

For admission to the Honours Program, students must have a minimum average of 70% in all previous courses; normally the Department expects high second-class standing or first-class standing in previous Chemistry courses. Permission of the Department is also required and is contingent on the student finding an Honours Advisor, on being assigned an advisory committee, on acceptance of the research project by the Chemistry Department, and on general acceptability. Students interested in doing Honours should consult with the Department Chair as early as possible and not later than March 31 of the student’s third year.

To graduate with a BSc Honours in Chemistry, students must complete 126 semester hours of credit which meet the required courses outlined above. As well, students must attain a 75% average in all Chemistry courses combined and must achieve a minimum overall average of 70% in all courses submitted for the degree. Students failing to meet the Honours requirements may apply for a transfer to the BSc Chemistry Major Program or to other degree programs.



Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry must take at least 48 semester hours of chemistry in total and must at the same time complete certain courses as specified by the major requirements. 

The required Chemistry courses are: Chemistry 1110-1120, Chemistry 2210, Chemistry 2410-2420, Chemistry 2310, Chemistry 2720, Chemistry 3220, Chemistry 3310, Chemistry 3420, Chemistry 3530, Chemistry 3610, Chemistry 3740, Chemistry 4820 OR 4830 and two Chemistry electives, at least one of which is at the 4th year level. 

Additional course requirements for the Chemistry major include the following courses from other disciplines: Biology 1310-1320, Mathematics 1910, Mathematics 1920, and Mathematics 2910; Physics 1110-1120 or Physics 1210-1220. As well, students majoring in Chemistry are advised to take Physics 2120 (Electricity, Magnetism, and Circuits). 

All programs of study of students declared as Chemistry majors must be approved by the Chair of the Department. An outline of the Chemistry major requirements in the suggested sequence for their completion is given below, but deviations from it are permitted provided that the pertinent prerequisites are fulfilled.

First Year 

  • Biology 1310-1320 - General Biology I and II 
  • Physics 1110-1120 or 1210-1220 - General Physics 
  • Mathematics 1910-1920 - Single Variable Calculus I and II  
  • Electives (6 semester hours) 
  • Chemistry 2310 - Physical Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 2720 - Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Mathematics 2910 - Multivariable and Vector Calculus 
  • Electives (9 semester hours)
  • Chemistry 3420 - Advanced Organic Chemistry 
  • Chemistry 3610 - Organic Spectroscopy 
  • Electives (15 semester hours)
  • Chemistry 4830 - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory*
  • Chemistry Electives (6 semester hours)
  • Electives* (15 or 18 semester hours)

*The total number of electives depends on whether Chemistry 4820 (6 credits) or Chemistry 4830 (3 credits) is taken to fulfill the fourth year laboratory requirement.  The Chemistry electives may be chosen from the Chemistry courses numbered: 2020, 2820, 4320, 4410, 4610, 4620, 4640, 4670, 4680, 4690, 4820 or 4830. At least one of the electives must be a 4th year course. 



  • Chemistry 1110-1120
  • Chemistry 2020
  • Chemistry 2720

With permission of the chair, one of the above courses may be replaced with one of the Chemistry 3220, 3310, 3420, 3610 or 3740.

Admissions Criteria

High School Graduates

  • Grade 12 Academic Mathematics
  • Two Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science)
  • One additional Grade 12 Academic course

Some introductory Science courses at UPEI have high school prerequisites (Biology 1310 - at least academic grade 11 Biology; Chemistry 1110 - at least academic grade 12 Chemistry)

Fees and FundingFaculty of Science Programs Tuition

UPEI's undergraduate tuition is the second-lowest in the Atlantic region, and we offer more than $5 million in scholarships and awards. 


International students pay $7,320 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Science, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Celebrating Student Achievement

Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree.

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