Top Reasons to study Chemistry at the University of Manitoba

1) You take the atomic and molecular perspective

Chemistry is a way of thinking about the world in terms of the atoms and molecules underlying it, and how they interact, combine, and change. Chemists use their knowledge of the processes of matter to either create new substances or examine existing ones.

2) We offer the best of both worlds

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest research-focused departments in the University of Manitoba with world-class facilities and course options. We take pride in offering personal attention to students, giving it a small-department feel.

3) Access excellent research tools

With access to advanced instrumentation in our courses and labs, and extensive opportunities for undergraduate research, our students use the same tools as the researchers to advance their preferred areas of study.

4) Tap into experience and energy

Our vibrant and diverse faculty includes over 25 academic and support staff, 5 adjunct professors, around 55 graduate students, 130 undergraduate Chemistry/Biochemistry students, and nearly 20 postdoctoral fellows/research associates focused on providing the highest quality training to our students and performing top-notch research in our respective areas.

What will I learn?

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

  • 3-year General Degree
  • 3-year General Degree, (Chemistry Focus)
  • 4-year Major
  • 4-year Honours
  • 4-year plus 1-year work term Co-op
  • 4-year Joint Honours (Physics and Astronomy)
Sample Courses
  • CHEM 1310 An Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 2210 Introductory Organic Chemistry I: Structure and Function
  • CHEM 3590 Instrumental Analysis (3)
  • CHEM 4630 Biochemistry of Proteins

Minimum High School Prerequisites

Manitoba high school graduation with five full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated as S, G or U. A minimum 85 percent average over the following courses, with no less than 60 percent in each course:

  • English 40S
  • Pre-Calculus Math 40S (required)
  • Chemistry 40S (required)
  • Physics 40S (required)
  • One of Biology 40S (required for Biochemistry), or Computer Science 40S


If you don’t have the appropriate high school courses, or you would like to refresh your knowledge in a subject area, the University offers the following preparatory courses.

Biology BIOL 1000, Biology: Foundations of Life
Chemistry CSKL 100,  Chemistry Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Mathematics, Math Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Physics, PSKL 100, Physics Skills, Offered through Extended Education

What can I do with this degree?

Career Opportunities include:

Your science degree opens doors to many careers in science, or you can go on to further study in a science related field, graduate program, or professional degree program, such as education, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, rehabilitation sciences, or veterinary medicine.

This list represents multiple career possibilities, and is by no means exhaustive. Some careers will require further education.

Opportunities for Future Studies

The University of Manitoba offers graduate programs in Chemistry for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Career Profiles

Scott Cairns  [BSc(Maj)/2001] 

Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work as a UN field officer for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which helped to dismantle Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons. Cairns also received the 2014 UM Distinguished Alumni Award.

R. J. Dwayne Miller [BSc. (Hons)/78]
Max Planck Director (2010-2020), and Distinguished Faculty Research Chair/Professor of Chemistry and Physics University of Toronto

Dwayne Miller, a physical chemist, and biophysicist, has been widely recognized for his work in spectroscopy and the development of new electron sources for ultrafast laser technology. These advances have enabled real-time observation of atomic motion during structural changes in materials.

Dr. Albert Friesen, [BSc. (Hons)/69, MSc. /71, Ph.D/81] – Chemistry
CEO of Medicure Inc., President, Genesys Venture Inc., Founder of BIOTECanada, General Partner of CentreStone Ventures.

A founding father of the biotechnology industry in Manitoba. He has consistently driven and fostered research into new drugs and innovative therapeutic strategies. Many of his discoveries have saved lives and improved the quality of life for people afflicted with various types of disease.

  • Theoretical chemist
  • Spectroscopist
  • Organic chemist
  • Bioanalytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Inorganic chemist
  • Physical chemist
  • Organometallic chemist
  • Electrochemist
  • Nuclear chemist
  • Textile chemist
  • Polymer chemist
  • Petroleum chemist
  • Dye chemist
  • Agrochemist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Enzyme chemist
  • Fermentologist (Brewmaster)
  • Food chemist
Energy and Environment
  • Water chemist
  • Wood chemist
  • Soil chemist
  • Oceanographic chemist
  • Atmospheric chemist
Public Service
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Grant administrator
  • Program officer
  • Government advisor
  • Technical writer
  • Consultant
  • Patent examiner
Education / Academia
  • Lab technician
  • Postdoc fellow
  • Research scientist
  • Tenured professor
  • High school science teacher
  • Science journalist
Health Care
  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Radiographer
  • Medical technician
  • Medical dosimetrist
  • Nutritional chemist
  • Physiological chemist
  • Clinical laboratory chemist
  • Medical analyst
  • Medical sonographer
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Pathologist
  • Health policy analyst