Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the following academic programs:

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Knowledge

Nature and behaviour of elements, compounds and chemical reactions; analytical, computational, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry; metabolism, nutritional and regulatory chemistry, enzymes, nucleic acids, biophysics and molecular genetics (biochemistry); synthesis of new compounds or materials; detection and measurement of chemicals; quality control; environmental protection; health and safety practices; scientific research methodology and data analysis.

Skills

Plan, set up and conduct chemical analyses (e.g., soil, hormones, water); design, synthesize and test new chemical products (e.g., drugs, foods, fuels, paints, new materials, nanochemicals); measure pollutants in the air, water and soil; examine evidence and DNA; assess and solve complex problems; think logically, creatively and independently; interpret and write detailed technical reports; observe health and safety practices; apply computer skills and statistical techniques.

Sample Courses Biochemistry
Metabolism, Enzymes, Biophysics, Molecular Genetics, Chemical Biology, Advanced Microscopy, Cell Signalling.

Sample Courses Chemistry
Organic Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals, Modern Organic Synthesis, Computational Chemistry. 

Examples of Career Fields and Occupations

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biochemist (e.g., manufacturing & pharmaceutical industries)
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Technologist
  • Clinical Chemist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensics
  • Gene Technologist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Health/Safety Inspector
  • Health Professional (e.g., dentist, nutritionist, pharmacist, physician)
  • Immunologist
  • Industrial Chemist (e.g., agriculture, cosmetics, forestry, petroleum, plastics)
  • Medical Lab Technologist
  • Pharmaceutical Chemist
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Pharmacologist
  • Plant Physiologist
  • Pollution Control
  • Professor
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Chemist
  • Sales Manager
  • Science Writer
  • Teacher
  • Toxicologist

For Further information please see the Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry.