Welcome to the Vancouver Island University Chemistry home page. The department of Chemistry offers a full complement of first and second year of courses introducing students to four chemistry sub-disciplines; Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. These courses provide a good survey of important Chemistry topics as well as emphasize the role of chemistry in the world around us. Each course has a laboratory component, which provides students with the opportunity to experience the tools and process of doing chemistry as well as develop good lab skills.
The department also offers a range of upper level (third and fourth year) courses that offer greater depth in each of the sub-disciplines. Many of these have an emphasis on Environmental Chemistry that integrate closely with the state-of-the-art Applied Environmental Research Lab. In addition to those pursuing a Chemistry degree, these courses are popular electives for students in Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mathematics and Education. A Minor in Chemistry can be obtained with the completion of any six upper level CHEM courses. The Chemistry Minor can be combined with another science Minor for a General B.Sc. degree or the concurrent B.Sc./B.Ed. degree. The Chemistry Minor can also be combined with a B.Sc. Major in Biology, Geoscience, Psychology, or Computing Science although students wishing to complete this combination should seek out departmental advisors for assistance with course planning.
The department has a strong commitment to conceptual learning with an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. The first two years of Chemistry at VIU can be transferred to complete a Major in Chemistry at UVic, UBC or SFU.
For more information contact the Department Chair.
Todd Barsby, Chair
Vancouver Island University,
900 - Fifth Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5 Canada
Telephone: 250-753-3245 (local 2285)