Chemical and Physical Sciences

OUAC CODE: TMW

Chemical and Physical Sciences programs examine chemical and physical matter – from stars and planets to the chemical components of living cells. U of T Mississauga offers an amazing range of programs to suit all interests within our Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences. All areas of study lead to an Honours Bachelor of Science. Note that a double major may be required to achieve this goal in some cases.

Programs and Specializations

  • Astronomy (Major)
  • Astronomical Sciences (Specialist)
  • Biological Chemistry (Specialist)
  • Biomedical Physics (Specialist)
  • Chemistry (Minor, Major, Specialist)
  • Earth Sciences (Minor, Major, Specialist)
  • Environmental Geosciences (Specialist)
  • Geology (Specialist)
  • Physics (Minor, Major)

Why choose U of T Mississauga for Chemical & Physical Sciences?

U of T Mississauga has a long-standing history of influential chemical and physical scientists. Dr. J. Tuzo Wilson, a prominent Canadian geophysicist and professor, played a crucial role in advancing plate tectonic theory. He also served as U of T Mississauga’s second principal and was instrumental in establishing a research laboratory to house and study the magnetic properties of moon rocks. Also, in 1972, U of T Mississauga astronomer Tom Bolton co-discovered the first black hole in space. The legacy of Wilson, Bolton and many others carries on in U of T Mississauga’s Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences.  

Current research related to geology and geophysics includes tectonics, petrology, climate change and the study of fossils. The department places significant emphasis on the interface of geology with chemistry and physics, where examples are nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for the study of several classes of biomolecules, biosensors that detect specific DNA, synthesis of molecules for use in the medical imaging of cells, and kinetics of gene expression. Other examples of research in the department involve novel materials, metals in synthesis, catalysts, the development of antitumor drugs, spectroscopy and mechanical properties of single molecules. This is not a complete list. The website of the department contains a list of all faculty. Their research web pages give details on current research in the department.

Hands-on experience

  • Senior students complete a year-long internship or research project in their area of interest. Research opportunities are also available through 299Y and 399Y courses.

  • Strong emphasis on lab work, where students use state-of-the-art technology and instruments.

  • Practical and field courses allow students to learn about concepts first-hand through interactive classes. For example, ERS325 – Field Camp I: Whitefish Falls/Manitoulin Island takes students to the north shore of Lake Huron to introduce them to geological mapping and recording.

  • Opportunities to work with professors to conduct original research. Previous projects include the exploration of new imaging techniques, a global climate model to project weather forecasts, studies of the advanced evolution of stars, development of biosensors and study of living radical polymerization processes

Affiliated student clubs

  • Erindale Chemical and Physical Science Society
  • J. Tuzo Wilson Geology Club
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Pre-Dental Society
  • Pre-Optometry Society at U of T Mississauga

What high school preparation do I need?

Admission is based on six Grade 12 credits (Ontario U or M credits), one of which must be English (ENG4U)*, plus:

  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)*
  • Physics (SPH4U)* and/or Chemistry (SCH4U)* – depending on the required first-year courses in the preferred area of study
  • Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U)* recommended
  • Admission into first-year Chemistry and Physics requires a minimum of 70% in grade 12 prerequisites

*This refers to courses from the Ontario Curriculum.  We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit www.adm.utoronto.ca/adm.

What courses do I take?

First-year studies for Astronomical Sciences and Astronomy include: 

  • AST110H5: Practical Astronomy
  • MAT102H5: Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
  • MAT135Y5/137Y5: Calculus
  • MAT223H5: Linear Algebra
  • PHY136H5: Introductory Physics 1
  • PHY137H5: Introductory Physics 2

First-year studies for Biological Chemistry include:

  • BIO152H5: Introduction to Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics
  • CHM110H5: Chemical Principles 1
  • CHM120H5: Chemical Principles 2
  • MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5: Calculus
  • PHY136H5: Introductory Physics 1
  • PHY137H5: Introductory Physics 2

First-year studies for Biomedical Physics include:

  • PHY136H5: Introductory Physics 1
  • PHY137H5: Introductory Physics 2
  • CHM110H5: Chemical Principles 1
  • CHM120H5: Chemical Principles 2
  • MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5: Calculus

First-year studies for Chemistry include: 

  • CHM110H5: Chemical Principles 1
  • CHM120H5: Chemical Principles 2
  • MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5: Calculus
  • PHY136H5: Introductory Physics 1
  • PHY137H5: Introductory Physics 2

First-year studies for Earth Science, Environmental Geosciences and Geology include: 

  • MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5: Calculus
  • CHM110H5: Chemical Principles 1
  • CHM120H5: Chemical Principles 2
  • PHY136H5: Introductory Physics 1
  • PHY137H5: Introductory Physics 2
  • ENV100Y5: The Environment or ERS103H5: Geology and Public Issues and ERS120H5: Planet Earth

First-year studies for Physics include: 

  • PHY136H5: Introductory Physics 1
  • PHY137H5: Introductory Physics 2
  • MAT134Y5/135Y5/137Y5: Calculus

After graduation

Programs in the Chemical & Physical Sciences are excellent preparation for graduate school and professional programs (e.g. medicine, dentistry, pharmacy).

Graduates may pursue careers in industries such as pharmaceuticals, electronics, computer-related enterprises, engineering, operations research, biomedical professions, mining and natural resources.

For more information

C. Gradinaru, Chair
905-828-3833
claudiu.gradinaru@utoronto.ca
www.utm.utoronto.ca/cps