Cape Breton University offers CSC accredited BSc majors, honours, double major and double major honours. Currently, CBU does not offer a graduate program in Chemistry. However, the possibility exists for graduate studies through joint supervision of students at other universities.

  • BSc (General)
  • BSc (Double Major Honours)
  • BSc (Double Major)
  • BSc (Honours)
  • BSc (Major)
  • Graduate Studies

For detailed information, see the Academic Calendar.


Chemistry is the science of change that affects virtually all other scientific disciplines and is essential to many new technological developments. Chemistry is a physical science and as such places great stress on mathematics and physics. Thus, a student planning a career in chemistry is advised that performance in these disciplines should be above average.

Please see the Department Chair for program details, department research activities, and student employment opportunities.

Descriptions of courses offered by the chemistry department can be found on the following page. Chemistry Courses.

Certificate in Industrial Chemistry

CBU now offers a Certificate in Industrial Chemistry. The 27-credit certificate has the following criteria:

  1. Not a standalone certificate – may only be earned as part of a 4-year BSc Chemistry
  2.  Included in the degree program would be 15-credits core to the certificate: CHEM2401 (industrial); CHEM2404 (environmental); CHEM3401 (spectroscopy); CHEM3403 (separations); CHEM4404 (chemical instrumentation design/troubleshooting).
  3. Students choose from 6-credits as:     a. Option 1 (if BSc Major in Chemistry), CHEM3404 (fundamentals of chemical engineering) AND CHEM4801 (independent project – with an industrial, petroleum, or environmental analyses focus) Independent study projects could have industrial partners/co-supervisors; OR  b. Option 2 (if BSc Honours in Chemistry), CHEM4900 (honours thesis with an industrial, petroleum, or environmental analyses focus).     Thesis projects could have industrial partners/co-supervisors.
  4. 6-credits from two successful 15-week co-op work terms (from SSTC1989, SSTC2989, SST3989). Unless proprietary, the work term final    reports are to be graded by a CBU faculty/staff member and the employer – both to be approved by the CBU Department of Chemistry Chair. If proprietary, in advance of the work term, the CBU Department of Chemistry Chair and the industrial project supervisor would agree on the appropriate person to grade the final report(s). In exceptional circumstances a work term may be held at CBU if: 1.On an industrial project; and 2.With co-supervision from the industrial partner.

Graduate Studies

Currently, CBU does not offer a graduate program in Chemistry. However, the possibility exists for graduate studies through joint supervision of students attending other universities. Several faculty are interested in hosting graduate students at Cape Breton University and potential students are encouraged to browse the faculty profiles on this website. Faculty should be contacted directly about the possibility of graduate studies in their laboratory.

Laboratory Policy

Cape Breton University will apply a lab policy to all courses that have a practical laboratory component. A practical laboratory component is distinct from the lecture and is not a tutorial based component such as is often the case for mathematics laboratories. The courses for which this policy applies are found in the Academic Calendar.

Policies and Procedures

Chemistry Lab Policy

Lab Policy: Student Medical Conditions or Pregnancy

Laboratory Safety Procedures

Matthias Bierenstiel
Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry / Dept. Chair

Office: TC119 (office) A-209 (lab)

Phone: 902.563.1391 (office) ext 1979 (lab)

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