Chemistry Specialist (HBSc)

Admissions Category: Physical & Environmental Sciences

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Program Overview

This program offers students a deep theoretical and practical learning experience in all aspects of modern chemistry. The first year of the program emphasizes learning fundamentals across various disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, and math. As students progress into upper years, this knowledge is applied to specialized courses focusing on the sub-disciplines of chemistry, including organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and environmental chemistry. Students in this program will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of scientific knowledge by participating in a directed research project in their fourth year. This program is ideally suited for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or a related discipline, or to work in chemistry-related industries.
The chemistry specialist program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC). It meets the national standards of education required by the CSC, ensuring that graduating students possess skills in both the core chemical concepts and practical laboratory skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s workforce. Graduates of these programs will receive a certificate stating that they have completed a nationally accredited chemistry program.

Complementary Programs:

Minor Program in Biology, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Science, Food Studies, Health Humanities, Psychology

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills

  • Engage in team-based research, analysis and problem solving
  • Design and conduct laboratory research including data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Write technical reports and project proposals
  • Present scientific research in an organized and succinct manner for a wide variety of audiences

Careers for Graduates

  • Quality Analyst in Product Development
  • Scientific Affairs Liaison in Food Packaging
  • Sales Representative in Manufacturing
  • Drug Safety Assessor in Pharmaceuticals
  • Scientific Analyst/Regulator in Government
  • Junior Environmental Scientist in Engineering
  • Associate Product Manager in Medical Supplies
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Junior Environmental Technician in Energy Production
  • Technical Marketing Associate in Chemicals

Further Education

  • Graduate Programs in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Chemical Engineering, etc.

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely

Complete 4.0 credits from the following: 

  • CHMA10H3
  • CHMA11H3 or CHMA12H3 
  • MATA23H3, MATA30H3
  • MATA36H3 
  • PHYA10H3, PHYA21H3
  • STAB22H3

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the UTSC Faculty Mix & Mingle Fair to connect with professors and learn more about their specialties.
  • Start building your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and search for Experiential Learning opportunities.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely

Complete 4.0 credits from the following: 

  • CHMB16H3 
  • CHMB21H3 
  • CHMB23H3
  • CHMB31H3 
  • CHMB41H3 
  • CHMB42H3
  • CHMB62H3 
  • MATB41H3

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Check the Research Catalogue and jobs on CLNx for possible research opportunities.
  • Drop by the Math & Statistics Learning Centre to have your course-related questions answered.
  • Consider doing a directed research course: PSCB90H3 - Physical Sciences Research Experience.

Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Considering grad school? Speak to professors and advisors early so you are on track.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely

Complete 3 credits from the following: 

  • CHMC11H3
  • CHMC16H3 
  • CHMC20H3 or CHMC21H3
  • CHMC31Y3
  • CHMC42H3

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groups, DSL and the AA&CC.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely

Complete 3.0 credits from the following: 


and 0.5 credit in any C-level or 300-level CHM course not already taken 

and 2.0 credits in any D-level or 400-level CHM course including one of the following: 


Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Apply for the Academic Travel Fund through DSL to conduct research, present at a conference, or engage with the academic community internationally.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions relevant to your field.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning into the work field or further education.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Discuss grad school plans early with staff at the AA&CC and your professors; get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CSU - Chemistry Society (
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (
  • EPSA - Environmental and Physical Sciences Students Association (
  • ISC - International Student Centre (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (


Departmental Contact

Dr. Lana Mikhaylichenko

Location: EV

Chemistry Librarian

Sarah Guay


Department of Student Life

Location: SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760

Environmental & Physical Sciences Students’ Association (EPSA)

Location: EV264

You can participate in directed research while pursuing chemistry.