Chemistry

Program Snapshot

Gain A New Perspective

Chemistry is the study of matter — anything that has mass and occupies space. Everything you touch, hold, smell or taste involves chemistry and chemicals. So, when you step onto Cape Breton Island and look into our waters, across our landscapes and throughout our communities, you’ll discover a natural sense of opportunity and wonder that opens your path to success.

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, which puts importance on mathematics and physics. Students who study chemistry here take part in a world class curriculum that produces results for tomorrow. That’s because the CBU Chemistry program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Society of Chemistry, designed for students with a passion for chemistry and desire to learn. With accessible faculty and modern facilities, CBU truly has it all.

Here, you study the relationship between the chemical structure of matter and its properties. From new pharmaceuticals that fight disease, industrial catalysts for efficient manufacturing and leading-edge nanotechnologies—what CBU teaches you has the power change the world we live in.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exposure to chemical literature
  • Laboratory safety training
  • Interpretation and experimental skills
  • Ethics in chemistry training

Why study at CBU?

At CBU, students gain hands-on research with state-of-the-art equipment in modern facilities. This makes all the difference as you continue your studies or start your career in a number of different possible fields, such as biology, medicine, pharmacy, oceanography, environmental sciences and more.

CBU Chemistry graduates have been very successful with graduate scholarships. Students find success thanks to the hands-on research experience they gain from our award-winning faculty. About 75% of our students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research projects with real-world applications.

CBU also has a Chemistry Outreach Program, working with students from primary school through grade 12 to share the wonderful world of science with audiences of all ages. This program creates opportunities for CBU Chemistry students to share their knowledge and also learn from other students, while engaging with our friendly community.

Sample Courses

  • CHEM3201/MATH2113: Mathematics for Chemistry I
  • CHEM3203/MATH2214: Mathematics for Chemistry II
    • These cross-listed courses that are unique to this area, provide students with math and computer background needed for a fuller theoretical understanding

Possible Career Paths

  • Professional schools in various fields
  • Industrial and academic research & development
  • Government and hospital laboratories
  • Industrial process laboratories
  • Environmental studies

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Co-op Placements with Canadian companies
  • Student exchanges with German universities

Faculty & Staff

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