The Department of Chemistry at Carleton University offers a variety of undergraduate programs in Chemistry and a slate of courses that cover all the main areas of chemistry. The Department also offers graduate programs in Chemistry which can be taken with a specialization or concentration in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology or Food Science and Nutrition.

The university’s location in Ottawa comes with many advantages. Many of our professors have developed strong links with government agencies (who are engaged in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, the environment or health) and Ottawa’s robust high-tech and bio-tech sectors, teaching and research hospitals, industry sponsored labs, and national and international associations. All of these connections provide Carleton students with a wealth of possibilities for resources, placements and work opportunities unparalleled in this country.

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The Carleton Advantage

When you study science at Carleton University, you will explore your scientific field of interest through lectures, field courses, laboratory work and research projects. You will be taught by award-winning professors, many of whom offer research opportunities in their labs to students. We offer you a comprehensive range of rigorous, innovative programs and the flexibility to choose the degree that suits you best.

First-class facilities

As a student in our first-year Chemistry courses, you will be able to conduct your lab work in Carleton’s $5 million, 6,500 square foot Superlab. You will be assigned your own workspace, consisting of bench space, drawers and a shared fumehood. Sophisticated audio/visual equipment, preparation labs, storage cabinets for chemical samples and a hallway lined with blackboards for student use add to this unparalleled resource for Carleton students.

Hands-on research

At Carleton, we also believe you should gain real research experience before you graduate. That is why, in addition to your regular course work, we provide you with a number of valuable hands-on opportunities to assist faculty members with research and teaching.

Summer research scholarships are available after each undergraduate year, and faculty members regularly hire undergraduate students as summer research assistants. As a senior undergraduate student, you may also obtain a paid position as a laboratory demonstrator or marker to assist faculty, technical staff and graduate students in the operation of first- and second-year labs.

Award-winning faculty

Carleton science professors aim to prepare you for an exciting future in a competitive and evolving world. Their individual approaches to teaching include finding new ways to enhance learning through technology, inviting guest speakers to speak about their experiences, and integrating their own research into the classroom. Carleton science professors are renowned researchers, published authors and award-winning teachers sought out by media and government for their knowledge, expertise and commentary.

World-class research

Carleton science professors and students are part of an extensive network of collaboration among scientists from around the world. As a science student, you will become part of this network and have the opportunity to engage in some of the world-class research conducted at Carleton University.

Capital advantage

Our location in Ottawa means that our programs and professors have developed strong links with government agencies (who are engaged in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, the environment or health) and Ottawa’s extensive diplomatic community, world-class libraries and museums, robust high-tech and bio-tech sectors, teaching and research hospitals, industry sponsored labs, national and international associations and political organizations. All of these provide Carleton students with a wealth of possibilities for resources, placements and work opportunities unparalleled in this country.